Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital

Kitakyūshū, Japan

Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital

Kitakyūshū, Japan
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Nakano K.,University of Occupational and Environmental Health Japan | Yamaoka K.,University of Occupational and Environmental Health Japan | Hanami K.,University of Occupational and Environmental Health Japan | Saito K.,University of Occupational and Environmental Health Japan | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Immunology | Year: 2011

A major neurotransmitter dopamine transmits signals via five different seven-transmembrane G protein-coupled receptors termed D1-D5. Several studies have shown that dopamine not only mediates interactions into the nervous system, but can contribute to the modulation of immunity via receptors expressed on immune cells. We have previously shown an autocrine/paracrine release of dopamine by dendritic cells (DCs) during Ag presentation to naive CD4 + T cells and found efficacious results of a D1-like receptor antagonist SCH-23390 in the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis mouse model of multiple sclerosis and in the NOD mouse model of type I diabetes, with inhibition of Th17 response. This study aimed to assess the role of dopaminergic signaling in Th17-mediated immune responses and in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In human naive CD4+ T cells, dopamine increased IL-6-dependent IL-17 production via D1-like receptors, in response to anti-CD3 plus anti-CD28 mAb. Furthermore, dopamine was localized with DCs in the synovial tissue of RA patients and significantly increased in RA synovial fluid. In the RA synovial/SCID mouse chimera model, although a selective D2-like receptor antagonist haloperidol significantly induced accumulation of IL-6 + and IL-17+ T cells with exacerbated cartilage destruction, SCH-23390 strongly suppressed these responses. Taken together, these findings indicate that dopamine released by DCs induces IL-6-Th17 axis and causes aggravation of synovial inflammation of RA, which is the first time, to our knowledge, that actual evidence has shown the pathological relevance of dopaminergic signaling with RA. Copyright © 2011 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

Tsubouchi K.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital
Nihon Kokyūki Gakkai zasshi = the journal of the Japanese Respiratory Society | Year: 2010

A 46-year-old man, who had been treated for Kimura disease, was found to have abnormal findings on a chest radiograph. Chest CT showed a mass shadow in the right lower lobe. Histological findings of a transbronchial biopsy specimen showed inflammatory cells infiltrating the alveolar septum. Inflammatory cells consisted of plasma cells, lymphocytes and eosinophils. He had had sustained eosinophilia and elevation of IgE for 8 years, and his serum IgG and IgG4 (3480 mg/dl) levels were elevated. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography showed multiple low density areas in both kidneys. Since immunohistochemical staining of the lung specimens revealed infiltration of IgG4-positive plasma cells (IgG4-positive/IgG-positive plasma cells=35%), we diagnosed IgG4-positive multiorgan lymphoproliferative syndrome. The mass shadow had disappeared after treatment with celestamine (0.25 mg betamethasone and 2 mg dexchlorpheniramine) for Kimura disease, but another solid consolidation appeared in the contralateral lower lobe 5 months later. After the steroid dosage was increased, the consolidation improved. To the best of our knowledge, this case is the first report of IgG4-positive multi-organ lymphoproliferative syndrome associated with Kimura disease.

Furusyo N.,Kyushu University | Ogawa E.,Kyushu University | Sudoh M.,Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. | Murata M.,Kyushu University | And 11 more authors.
Journal of Hepatology | Year: 2012

Background & Aims: Early menopause in women with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with a low likelihood of a sustained virological response (SVR) in conjunction with their antiviral treatment. This is potentially related to their reduced estrogen secretion. The study was done to determine whether selective estrogen receptor modulator administration might improve the efficacy of the current standard of care (SOC) treatment, pegylated interferon (PegIFN) α2a plus ribavirin (RBV), for postmenopausal women. Methods: One hundred and twenty-three postmenopausal women with genotype 1b chronic hepatitis C were randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups: raloxifene hydrochloride (RLX) (60 mg/day) plus SOC (PegIFNα2a 180 μg/week and RBV 600-1000 mg/day) (n = 62) or SOC only (n = 61). Genotyping was performed of the polymorphism in the interleukin-28B (IL28B) gene region (rs8099917) of DNA collected from each patient. Results: One RLX-treated patient discontinued RLX because of a systemic rash following 2 weeks of treatment. Twenty-four weeks after treatment, the SVR rate was significantly higher for RLX plus SOC patients (61.3%) than for SOC only patients (34.4%) (p = 0.0051). Further, the SVR rate was significantly higher for RLX plus SOC patients with IL28B TT (72.5%) than for SOC only patients with IL28B TT (39.2%) (p = 0.0014), but no such relationship was observed in patients carrying the minor IL28B allele. Conclusions: RLX improved the efficacy of SOC in the treatment of postmenopausal women with chronic hepatitis C. RLX shows promise as an adjuvant to the standard antiviral treatment of such patients. © 2012 European Association for the Study of the Liver. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Tsutsumi M.,Hitachi General Hospital | Miyagawa T.,Hitachi General Hospital | Matsumura T.,Hitachi Medical Corporation | Endo T.,Tsukuba Medical Center Hospital | And 3 more authors.
American Journal of Roentgenology | Year: 2010

OBJECTIVE. The use of elastography is limited for prostate cancer detection because of the difficulty in obtaining stable and reproducible images. To overcome these limitations, we developed a new technique called real-time balloon inflation elastography (RBIE); with RBIE, balloon inflation and deflation are used in place of manual compression. We present the accuracy and feasibility of the RBIE technique for detecting prostate cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS. The results of a pathologic analysis of 55 prostatectomy specimens were compared with elastographic moving images obtained at the time of biopsy of the prostate. RESULTS. The RBIE technique generated stable and repeatable elastographic moving images. The percentage of images affected by artifact due to slippage in the compression plane was reduced to 1% using the RBIE method compared with 32% using the manual compression method. With regard to tumor location, elastographic moving images obtained using the RBIE technique were in complete agreement with clinicopathologic evaluation of tumor location in eight cases (15%), showed partial agreement in 43 cases (78%), and disagreed in four cases (7%). In three different regions of the prostate, 84% of anterior tumors, 85% of middle tumors, and 60% of posterior tumors were detected. The tumor detection rates by Gleason score were 60% in tumors with a Gleason score of 5 or 6, 73% in tumors with a Gleason score of 7, 72% in tumors with a Gleason score of 8, and 74% in tumors with a Gleason score of 9 or 10. CONCLUSION. The RBIE method improved the quality of elastographic moving images compared with the manual compression method. High-grade tumors and tumors of impalpable regions of the prostate were more frequently detected using RBIE. We conclude that RBIE is a promising method with which to detect prostate cancer. © American Roentgen Ray Society.

Kajiwara E.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital | Ooho A.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital | Yamashita N.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital
Hepatology Research | Year: 2012

Aim: The purpose of this clinical study was to determine the effect of a biweekly low-dosage peginterferon α-2a treatment program on serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and α-fetoprotein (AFP) levels. Methods: Fifty-five patients participated in the study. The inclusion criteria included chronic genotype 1b hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, liver cirrhosis, or the absence of cirrhosis in subjects 65years old or above, and interferon therapy naivety or a lack of sustained response to therapy with interferon-plus-ribavirin or peginterferon-plus-ribavirin. Patients were divided into naïve, relapser, and non-responder groups. The median age of the patients was 70years, and 73% of patients had cirrhosis. All patients were treated with peginterferon α-2a at 90 μg biweekly. Results: The rates of normalization (≤30IU/l) of ALT levels at week 24 in the relapser group and the ≥2 log 10 HCV RNA decline group were high (74% and 68%, respectively). However, the ALT and AFP levels decreased significantly in each group, including the non-responder group. The ALT levels decreased significantly even in patients in whom the HCV RNA levels did not decrease. Furthermore, the AFP levels decreased significantly in the patients showing no decline in the ALT and HCV RNA levels. Only three patients discontinued treatment within 48weeks due to adverse events, and more than 70% of the patients experienced no subjective symptoms during treatment. Conclusion: A biweekly low-dosage peginterferon α-2a therapy is effective for reducing the serum levels of ALT and AFP and may reduce hepatocarcinogenesis in patients with liver cirrhosis and in the elderly individuals. © 2011 The Japan Society of Hepatology.

Okumura K.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital | Ikebe M.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital | Shimokama T.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital | Takeshita M.,Fukuoka University | And 3 more authors.
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2012

Enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma (EATL) is a rare peripheral T-cell lymphoma classified into 2 types, with or without celiac disease, based on histology. Type 2 EATL is less commonly associated with celiac disease, in which cells are characterized by being monomorphic and small- to medium-sized. Cells are characterized by CD8 and CD56 expression and c-MYC oncogene locus gain. We present an atypical case of type 2 EATL in the jejunum, with human T-lymphotropic virus-1 that was CD4- CD8+ CD56- CD30- CD25- TIA-1+ and granzyme B+ on immunohistological staining. It also displayed translocation of chromosome 8p24 (c-MYC), as determined by fluorescent in situ hybridization. Mucosal spreading and intraepithelial invasion by lymphoma with villous atrophy were detected adjacent to the mucosal layer. The lymphoma may be derived from intraepithelial CD8+ T cells, similar to celiac disease. © 2012 Baishideng. All rights reserved.

Yanagihara T.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital
Nihon Kokyūki Gakkai zasshi = the journal of the Japanese Respiratory Society | Year: 2011

A 76-year-old woman with a 20-year history of chronic hepatitis C was referred to our hospital for worsening exertional dyspnea. She had been given a diagnosis of interstitial pneumonia based on chest computed tomography findings 5 years previously. Contrast-enhanced echocardiography confirmed an intrapulmonary right-to-left shunt, and therefore we diagnosed hepatopulmonary syndrome comorbid with interstitial pneumonia. In July 2009 she was admitted to our hospital with a low grade fever, headache, and vomiting. We diagnosed a left cerebellar brain abscess caused by Streptococcus intermedius. She underwent stereotactic burr-hole drainage and received vancomycin, piperacillin and cefotaxime. Cases of brain abscess secondary to hepatopulmonary syndrome are rare. Nevertheless, we should be aware of this complication of hepatopulmonary syndrome.

Suzuki S.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital | Suzuki S.,Shin Koga Hospital | Ito O.,Shin Koga Hospital | Sayama T.,Shin Koga Hospital | Goto K.,Shin Koga Hospital
Neuroradiology | Year: 2010

Introduction: Cerebral vasospasm (CV) remains a major cause of mortality and morbidity in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Here, we examined the effectiveness and safety of intra-arterial injection of colforsin daropate hydrochloride (CDH). Methods: A consecutive series of 29 patients with angiographically confirmed CV received intra-arterial CDH (IAC) therapy. Angiographic changes in spastic vessels and the cerebral circulation time (CCT) were assessed before and after IAC treatment, together with the change in clinical status. Results: IAC treatment was performed in 53 procedures in 29 patients. Angiographic improvement was observed following all procedures (100%), and clinical improvement was observed following 36 of 42 procedures (86%) in symptomatic cases. CCT improved significantly. At the 3-month follow-up, 19 patients (66%) showed good recovery or moderate disability on the Glasgow Outcome Scale. Major adverse effects were headache and increased heart rate. Conclusions: IAC treatment was effective and safe for the treatment of CV after SAH © 2009 Springer-Verlag.

Suzuki S.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital | Sayama T.,Kyushu Rosai Hospital | Nakamura T.,Shimonoseki City Hospital | Nishimura H.,Kyushu Koseinenkin Hospital | And 4 more authors.
Cerebrovascular Diseases | Year: 2011

Background: Cerebral vasospasm (VS) is the most common cause of morbidity and mortality after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Reversal of VS by intra-arterial infusion of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-elevating agents has been reported; however, the preventive role in the development of VS is not fully understood. This study is designed to evaluate the possible efficacy of using cilostazol, a selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase type 3 and a cAMP-elevating agent, in patients with SAH. Methods: In this prospective randomized study, we enrolled 100 SAH patients who met the following criteria: neck clipping within 72 h after onset, Hunt and Hess (HH) score ≤4, modified Rankin scale (mRS) score ≤2 prior to ictus, and no serious cardiovascular complications. Patients were divided into control and cilostazol groups; we focused on the effects of cilostazol on the decrease in the incidence of symptomatic VS, cerebral infarction, and the mRS score at discharge. Result: Patients' age, male/female ratio, mRS score prior to ictus, HH grade, Fisher group, site of the aneurysm, drugs prescribed during the observation period, and length of hospital stay were not different between the groups. Cilostazol did not significantly decrease the incidence of symptomatic VS (37.3% in the control vs. 22.4% in the cilostazol group, p = 0.183) and cerebral infarction (27.5% in control vs. 10.2% in the cilostazol, p = 0.091). However, mRS score was significantly improved at discharge (2.6 in controls vs. 1.5 in the cilostazol group, p = 0.041). Patients' age being ≤65 years (OR = 8.47, 95% CI = 2.45-29.32, p = 0.0007), Fisher group ≤3 (OR = 4.64, 95% CI = 1.00-21.45, p = 0.049), HH grade ≤2 (OR = 4.31, 95% CI = 1.27-14.59, p = 0.019), no hydrocephalus (OR = 8.55, 95% CI = 1.72-19.23, p = 0.0046), and cilostazol use (OR = 5.52, 95% CI = 1.61-18.90, p = 0.0065) were independent predictors of good outcomes (mRS score ≤2). Conclusion: Cilostazol may improve outcomes after SAH, but further double-blind, placebo-controlled studies are required for a definitive conclusion. © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

Fujimoto S.,National Hospital Organization Kyushu Medical Center | Fujimoto S.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital | Toyoda K.,National Hospital Organization Kyushu Medical Center | Jinnouchi J.,Nippon Steel Yawata Memorial Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Cerebrovascular Diseases | Year: 2011

Background and Purpose: The purpose of the present study was to clarify the difference in the infarct topography on diffusion-weighted image (DWI) and cardiac and aortic findings on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in stroke patients with different embolic sources. Methods: We studied 270 consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke who had DWI-documented cortical or subcortical infarcts without significant stenosis of the cerebral arteries. As embolic sources, cardiac diseases, right-to-left shunt diseases and an aortic arch atheroma ≥4.0 mm in thickness were identified using various diagnostic tools including TEE. Results: Seventy-eight (29%) patients had multiple embolic sources. Large infarcts were common in patients in whom cardiac disease was the only embolic source and uncommon in patients in whom aortic atheroma was the only embolic source (p < 0.0001). Vertebrobasilar infarcts were relatively common in patients only having aortic atheromas. Atrial septal aneurysms were more common in patients with a right-to-left shunt than in those with a shunt plus other embolic sources (p = 0.0036). Unique characteristics of the arch atheroma (mobile plaque, extension to branches, or ulcer formation; p < 0.0001) as well as small or moderate-sized infarcts (p = 0.0004) were more common in patients with arch atheromas as the only embolic source than in those with atheromas plus other embolic sources. Conclusions: Embolic stroke patients often have multiple embolic sources. The present study suggests the possibility that embolic stroke has unique clinical features depending on its source. DWI and TEE findings might be helpful in characterizing cardiogenic, paradoxical and aortogenic brain embolism. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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