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Ōsaka, Japan

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Ōsaka, Japan

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PubMed | Oita University, Tokyo Women's Medical University, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Kawasaki Medical School and 11 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of gastroenterology | Year: 2016

In Japan, the prevalence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) associated with nonviral liver disease, especially with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD-HCC) and alcoholic liver disease (ALD-HCC), has been increasing. Clarification of the clinical features of NAFLD-HCC and ALD-HCC is needed. We performed a large retrospective multicenter survey to clarify the clinical course of these two types of HCC.Clinical characteristics, survival, and recurrence were examined in 532 patients with ALD-HCC and 209 patients with NAFLD-HCC who were diagnosed between January 2000 and December 2013.The ALD-HCC patients were predominantly male and were younger than the patients with NAFLD-HCC. Lifestyle-related diseases were significantly more common in the NAFLD-HCC group, but the prevalence of cirrhosis was significantly higher in the ALD-HCC group. The histological diagnosis of NAFLD-HCC showed a gender difference (F4; 72.7% in the females vs. 37.6% in the males). The characteristic features of HCC including histology, survival rate, and recurrence rate were quite similar in the NAFLD-HCC and ALD-HCC groups: 5-year survival rates 49.1 vs. 43.7%; 5-year recurrence rates 69.6 vs. 65.4%, respectively. However, the risk factors for recurrence differed between the two groups: des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin was a risk factor in NAFLD-HCC and -fetoprotein was a risk factor in ALD-HCC.Although the characteristic features underlying these two diseases are different, the two HCC groups showed a similar clinical course. The recurrence rates of the two HCC groups were relatively high. We found that critical tumor markers for recurrence differed between the two diseases.


Shafaq N.,Osaka City University | Suzuki A.,Osaka City University | Matsumura A.,Osaka City Juso Hospital | Terai H.,Osaka City University | And 4 more authors.
Spine | Year: 2012

STUDY DESIGN. A prospective observational study. OBJECTIVE. To evaluate the paravertebral muscle (PVM) degeneration in patients with degenerative lumbar scoliosis (DLS), using magnetic resonance imaging. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA. Several studies have described the histological and morphological changes to the PVM in patients with chronic low back pain and lumbar radiculopathy. However, there is little knowledge about the PVM changes in patients with DLS. METHODS. Fifty-seven patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) with DLS (DLS group) and 50 control patients with LSS without DLS (LSS group) were examined. The cross-sectional area (CSA) and percentage of fat infiltration area (%FIA) of the bilateral multifidus and longissimus muscles at the L1-S1 levels were measured using T2-weighted axial magnetic resonance imaging and computer software. A multifidus muscle biopsy and histological evaluation were performed in some patients. RESULTS. In the DLS group, the CSA of the multifidus muscle was significantly smaller and the %FIA of both muscles was significantly higher on the concave side than on the convex side at all levels (P < 0.0001 for each). These differences were also found in the longissimus muscles at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels (P < 0.0001 for each). Histologically, the multifidus muscle exhibited reductions in the muscle fiber size and number of nuclei on the concave side. In the LSS group, the total CSA and %FIA did not differ significantly between the left and right sides. However, in patients with unilateral radiculopathy, the CSA of the multifidus muscle was significantly smaller (P < 0.05) and the %FIA of both muscles was significantly higher (P < 0.05) on the symptomatic side, especially at 1 level below. CONCLUSION. This observational study with magnetic resonance imaging and histology showed that muscle degeneration was more common on the concave side in patients with DLS. Radiculopathy and spinal deformity may contribute to the PVM degeneration. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


PubMed | Osaka City University, Osaka City Juso Hospital and Hokkaido University of Science
Type: | Journal: BMC public health | Year: 2016

It is important to screen for alcohol consumption and drinking customs in a standardized manner. The aim of this study was 1) to investigate whether the AUDIT score is useful for predicting hazardous drinking using optimal cutoff scores and 2) to use multivariate analysis to evaluate whether the AUDIT score was more useful than pre-existing laboratory tests for predicting hazardous drinking.A cross-sectional study using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was conducted in 334 outpatients who consulted our internal medicine department. The patients completed self-reported questionnaires and underwent a diagnostic interview, physical examination, and laboratory testing.Forty (23%) male patients reported daily alcohol consumption40g, and 16 (10%) female patients reported consumption20g. The optimal cutoff values of hazardous drinking were calculated using a 10-fold cross validation, resulting in an optimal AUDIT score cutoff of 8.2, with a sensitivity of 95.5%, specificity of 87.0%, false positive rate of 13.0%, false negative rate of 4.5%, and area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.97. Multivariate analysis revealed that the most popular short version of the AUDIT consisting solely of its three consumption items (AUDIT-C) and patient sex were significantly associated with hazardous drinking. The aspartate transaminase (AST)/alanine transaminase (ALT) ratio and mean corpuscular volume (MCV) were weakly significant.This study showed that the AUDIT score and particularly the AUDIT-C score were more useful than the AST/ALT ratio and MCV for predicting hazardous drinking.


Fukunaga Y.,Bell land General Hospital | Kameyama M.,Bell land General Hospital | Kawasaki M.,Bell land General Hospital | Takemura M.,Osaka City General Hospital | Fujiwara Y.,Osaka City Juso Hospital
Digestive Surgery | Year: 2011

Purpose: We retrospectively investigated the impact of prior abdominal surgery on the outcome of laparoscopic colorectal surgery. Patients: Among 607 colorectal cancer patients who underwent laparoscopic surgery, 192 patients had previously undergone abdominal surgery (S group) and 415 had not (non-S group). Results: The percentage of female patients was higher in the S group than in the non-S group. The incidence of conversion to open surgery was higher in the S group (5.2%, 10/192) than in the non-S group (2.6%, 11/415), but the difference was not significant (p = 0.108). Although the mean operating time and estimated blood loss were similar in the two groups, right and transverse colectomy after prior gastrectomy and ipsilateral colectomy after prior colectomy took longer and were associated with greater blood loss. The morbidity rates of the two groups were similar (S group: 15.6%, 30/192; non-S group: 14.5%, 60/415). There were 5 intraoperative small-bowel injuries or postoperative small-bowel perforations in the S group, especially in the patients with prior gastrointestinal-tract surgery. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that there is no reason to avoid laparoscopic procedures in most patients with prior abdominal surgery despite a higher conversion rate, but caution is warranted in patients who have undergone major gastrointestinal-tract surgery. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG.


PubMed | Yodogawa Christian Hospital and Osaka City Juso Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of hepato-biliary-pancreatic sciences | Year: 2016

The present study assessed conservative management of acute cholecystitis (AC) with a focus on percutaneous transhepatic gallbladder aspiration (PTGBA).Consecutive 275 patients with AC who underwent PTGBA were reviewed. Patients aged 80years and/or with American Society of Anesthesiologists score III to IV and/or performance status 3 to 4 were defined as high risk. Patients were classified according to duration from symptom onset to first PTGBA: within 3days (early PTGBA) or over 3days (late PTGBA). They were also classified according to duration from first PTGBA to surgery: within 30days (early surgery) or over 30days (late surgery).A total of 263 patients (95.6%) showed recovery after PTGBA. There were no significant differences in operating time, blood loss, operating procedure, conversion rate to open surgery, postoperative complications, or postoperative hospital stay between the early and late PTGBA groups or between the early and late surgery groups. No significant complications associated with PTGBA or surgery were observed, including in those at high risk.Percutaneous transhepatic gallbladder aspiration can be a useful alternative for most patients with AC, including those at high risk. Elective cholecystectomy can be performed safely regardless of the timing of PTGBA or surgery.


Takagi A.,Osaka City Juso Hospital
Kekkaku : [Tuberculosis] | Year: 2013

A 59-year-old female was complaining of sore throat, right otorrhea, and hearing impairment. There were no abnormal findings suggestive of pulmonary tuberculosis on her chest XP and CT. Nasopharyngoscopic examination detected a lesion coated with white mass on her nasopharynx, and a biopsy-specimen from this lesion revealed histopathological findings compatible with tuberculosis and the presence of acid-fast bacilli. PCR was positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. Therefore, we diagnosed the case as primary nasopharyngeal tuberculosis and treated her by 4-drug combination regimen with daily isoniazid, rifampicin, ethambutol and pyrazinamide. Later, low degree of resistance was noticed, isoniazid was replaced by levofloxacin. After the anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy, her symptoms almost completely diminished and the mass in her nasopharynx disappeared. As far as we can search, 23 Japanese cases of primary nasopharyngeal tuberculosis, including this case, have been reported in the literatures. We summarized the clinical features of these cases in Table. Nasopharyngeal tuberculosis is a rather rare disease. But, recently, due to the advances in diagnostic technology, the number of the case-reports has been increasing. Difficulties in detecting tubercle bacilli in nasopharyngeal lesion sometimes delayed definite diagnosis and treatment. If a patient complains the symptoms compatible with this disease, such as sore throat, pharyngeal pain and otorrhea, which are refractory to the general antibiotic therapy, we should be aware of the existence of this disease and repeat bacteriological and/or molecular examinations to prove tubercle bacilli to be able to start timely anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy.


The analogue insulin glulisine (Glu) shows both more rapid onset and shorter duration of action compared with the other rapid-acting insulin analogues. The current study investigates these properties in regard to the occurrence of hypoglycemia related to exercise. A randomized, single-center, open-label, crossover study was conducted in 12 hospitalized type 2 diabetes patients (all male, mean ± SD age of 51.9 ± 11.3 years; BMI: 25.5 ± 3.9 kg/m2; HbA1c: 11.2 ± 2.4 %). Glu or insulin aspart (Asp) was subcutaneously administered just before breakfast. Insulin dosage was determined as the usual dose of pre-prandial rapid-acting insulin for patients treated with insulin therapy or as 0.1 unit/kg for patients treated with oral anti-hyperglycemic agents. Sixty min after the start of eating, the patients began aerobic exercise on a bicycle ergometer for 30 min at 50% of maximum heart rate. Hypoglycemic episodes (plasma glucose level < 70 mg/dL with or without symptoms) were observed more frequently in Asp group (p < 0.05). Post-exercise plasma glucose levels at 90, 120, and 150 min were significantly lower in Asp group (p < 0.05). In patients with BMI < 25 kg/m2 (n = 6), postexercise blood glucose levels were significantly lower in Asp group (p < 0.05), while in patients with BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 (n = 6) the difference was not significant. Glu may therefore be a suitable choice of rapid-acting insulin for patients with type 2 diabetes who are at high risk of post-exercise hypoglycemia. ©The Japan Endocrine Society.


Various types of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-producing malignant tumors have been reported. However, a G-CSF-producing colorectal cancer is rare. We present a case of G-CSF-producing ascending colon cancer. An 81-year-old man was referred to our hospital with right lower abdominal pain. A colon fiberscopy revealed an ascending colon tumor, and histological examination revealed tubular adenocarcinoma. He was admitted due to worsening abdominal pain. Although laboratory data showed an elevated white blood cell (WBC) count of 17000/mm3 with 77.8% neutrophils, elevated C-reaction protein (CRP) was insignificant (1.06 mg/dL), and he was afebrile. Because computed tomography indicated that the tumor penetrated into surrounding tissue, a semi-urgent ileocecal resection was performed. An abscess was not located. The tumor was staged as T3N2aM0 and as stage IIB according to the TNM classification. Microscopically, significant neutrophil infiltration between cancer cells was observed, suggesting the presence of a G-CSF-producing tumor. Immunohistochemical staining using a G-CSF antibody revealed cytoplasmic staining in cancer cells. The serum concentration of G-CSF upon admission was 334 pg/mL. After surgical resection, the WBC count decreased to within a normal range. These findings confirmed the diagnosis of G-CSF-producing ascending colon cancer. The prognosis of G-CSF-producing tumors is considered to be poor. Early diagnosis and surgical treatment are needed for patients with G-CSF-producing tumors, and continuous careful follow-up is required.


Kurai O.,Osaka City Juso Hospital
Journal of Japanese Society of Gastroenterology | Year: 2010

A 20-year-old man had suffered from dysphagia since primary school. Upper gastrointestinal and endoscopy examinations revealed severe circumferential stenosis of the upper intra-thoracic esophagus. Secondary stenosis due to factors such as inflammation did not appear present, so congenital esophageal stenosis (CES) was diagnosed. Dysphagia improved after two endoscopic balloon dilatations. Almost all cases of CES are treated in babyhood, and individuals who remain untreated until adulthood are rare. Check ups and diagnoses should be made taking CES into consideration, even in adults.


Aneurysm of the middle colic artery is very uncommon. In this report, we describe a case of a ruptured aneurysm of the middle colic artery caused by segmental arterial mediolysis and its successful management by surgical resection. A 60-year-old Japanese man was admitted to our institution for the treatment of a ruptured aneurysm of the branch of the superior mesenteric artery suspected by computed tomography. Angiography revealed multiple wide and narrow mural irregularities and some aneurysms in the middle colic artery without extravasation. Transcatheter arterial embolization could not be accomplished because of difficulty in catheterization. Since radiological findings of the patient indicated worsening of the aneurysm, surgical resection was performed. Histopathological findings of the resected specimen were consistent with those of segmental arterial mediolysis. In cases where curative embolization cannot be accomplished, surgical resection is required. However, in a non-ruptured aneurysm, healing occurs gradually. Therefore, if the vital parameters of the patient are stable, conservative observation can be recommended.

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