Fuchida S.-I.,Social Insurance Kyoto Hospital |
Okano A.,Social Insurance Kyoto Hospital |
Hatsuse M.,Social Insurance Kyoto Hospital |
Murakami S.,Social Insurance Kyoto Hospital |
And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Hematology | Year: 2012
Free light chain (FLC) assays are important in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Serum FLC concentrations also correlate with disease course in the majority of MM patients and have been incorporated into the new response criteria. Although baseline values of FLC are prognostic in newly diagnosed MM, serial measurement of serum FLC does not appear to be of greater value in patients who have measurable M-proteins by electrophoresis. We examined the kinetics of serum FLC in six patients with newly diagnosed MM during treatment with high-dose dexamethasone (HDDEX) and bortezomib and dexamethasone. In some cases, the involved serum FLC increased in the latter part of each chemotherapy cycle before the start of the next cycle, especially in HD-DEX, suggesting that the response to these agents may be insufficient for induction therapy for MM. Earlier disease assessment by serum FLC assays may be of value in detecting poorly responding patients who require alternative forms of therapy. © 2012 The Japanese Society of Hematology.
Fukuta N.,Asahi University |
Ida K.,Asahi University |
Kato T.,Asahi University |
Uedo N.,Japan National Cardiovascular Center Research Institute |
And 2 more authors.
Digestive Endoscopy | Year: 2013
Background Intestinal metaplasia (IM) of the gastric mucosa has long attracted attention as a premalignant lesion involved in gastric carcinogenesis. However, endoscopic diagnosis of IM has remained unclear for a long time. In recent years, the methylene blue staining technique and narrow-band imaging (NBI) magnifying endoscopy have facilitated clinical diagnosis of IM, although these methods have some problems due to their complexity. Simple methods for diagnosis of IM using conventional endoscopy and the indigo carmine contrast (IC) method are necessary. Patients and Methods This study was a multicenter, prospective, randomized, comparative study involving 10 facilities. The appearance of IM was examined using conventional and IC methods with an electronic endoscope. Results Subjects included 163 patients, of whom 87 and 76 underwent conventional and IC methods, respectively. Sensitivity, specificity, and receiver operating characteristic/area under thecurve (ROC/AUC) of conventional and IC methods for the detection of IM in the gastric antrum showed that diagnostic performance of the conventional method was higher, but not significantly, than that of the IC method. Sensitivity, specificity and ROC/AUC of conventional and IC methods for the detection of IM in the gastric body showed that the IC method yielded better (but not significantly better) results than the conventional method. Conclusion The diagnostic performance of the conventional method did not significantly differ from that of the IC method. A villous appearance, whitish mucosa, and rough mucosal surface, as observed by both methods, and areae gastricae pattern, as observed by the IC method, were useful indicators for endoscopic diagnosis of IM. © 2013 The Authors. Digestive Endoscopy © 2013 Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society.
PubMed | Keiyu Hospital, Japan National Cardiovascular Center Research Institute, Kohnodai Hospital, Tokyo Eki Center Building Clinic and 14 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology | Year: 2016
We recently conducted a randomized placebo-controlled trial on the efficacy and safety of rikkunshito, a standardized Japanese herbal medicine, for the treatment of functional dyspepsia (FD). The present post-hoc study aimed to evaluate the differences in clinical characteristics between responders and non-responders among FD patients who received rikkunshito for 8weeks.Rikkunshito responders were defined by using a global patient assessment. Candidate predictors included age, gender, smoking, alcohol consumption, body mass index, comorbidity, Helicobacter pylori infection, plasma levels of acyl ghrelin and des-acyl ghrelin, severity of dyspeptic symptoms, FD subgroup, previous medication, and the type of recruiting institution (clinic or hospital). We calculated hazard ratios (HRs) by using Cox regression analysis with the factors that were indicated to be associated with responders.We assigned 83 and 42 patients to responder and non-responder categories, respectively. Lack of alcohol consumption (HR, 2.04; 95% confidence interval, 1.08-3.88) and low plasma des-acyl ghrelin levels (<177fmol/mL; HR, 2.42; 95% confidence interval, 1.24-4.73) were significantly associated with the efficacy of rikkunshito. Lack of alcohol consumption was associated with the efficacy of rikkunshito especially among H.pylori-infected participants. On the other hand, the low plasma des-acyl ghrelin was associated with the efficacy of rikkunshito especially among H.pylori-negative participants.A low baseline level of plasma des-acyl ghrelin was associated with an increased treatment efficacy of rikkunshito against FD. Lack of alcohol consumption was also clinically useful for predicting the response to rikkunshito.
Toda N.,Toyama Institute for Cardiovascular Pharmacology Research |
Tanabe S.,Social Insurance Kyoto Hospital |
Nakanishi S.,Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine |
Nakanishi S.,Kyoto University
International Journal of Angiology | Year: 2011
Nitric oxide (NO) formed via endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) plays crucial roles in the regulation of coronary blood flow through vasodilatation and decreased vascular resistance, and in inhibition of platelet aggregation and adhesion, leading to the prevention of coronary circulatory failure, thrombosis, and atherosclerosis. Endothelial function is impaired by several pathogenic factors including smoking, chronic alcohol intake, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, hyperglycemia, and hypertension. The mechanisms underlying endothelial dysfunction include reduced NO synthase (NOS) expression and activity, decreased NO bioavailability, and increased production of oxygen radicals and endogenous NOS inhibitors. Atrial fibrillation appears to be a risk factor for endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction is an important predictor of coronary artery disease (CAD) in humans. Penile erectile dysfunction, associated with impaired bioavailability of NO produced by eNOS and neuronal NOS, is also considered to be highly predictive of ischemic heart disease. There is evidence suggesting an important role of nitrergic innervation in coronary blood flow regulation. Prophylactic and therapeutic measures to eliminate pathogenic factors inducing endothelial and nitrergic nerve dysfunction would be quite important in preventing the genesis and development of CAD. Copyright © 2011 by Thieme.
Fukui M.,Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine |
Ushigome E.,Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine |
Tanaka M.,Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine |
Hamaguchi M.,Osaka University |
And 6 more authors.
Hypertension Research | Year: 2013
Recent studies have suggested that not only mean blood pressure but also variability in blood pressure might be related to cardiovascular disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between home blood pressure variability on one occasion and markers of arterial stiffness in patients with type 2 diabetes. We investigated the relationship between the s.d. of clinic-or home-measured systolic blood pressure on one occasion and pulse wave velocity (PWV) in 332 patients with type 2 diabetes, and we evaluated whether the SD of clinic-or home-measured systolic blood pressure on one occasion was an independent determinant of PWV by multivariate linear regression analysis, after adjustment for known risk factors for arterial stiffness, including sex, age, duration of diabetes, body mass index, hemoglobin A1c, serum total cholesterol, triglycerides, smoking status, drinking alcohol, presence of antihypertensive medication, average systolic blood pressure and heart rate. Age, average morning home-measured systolic blood pressure, heart rate and PWV (r=0.259, P<0.0001) were positively correlated with the s.d. of morning home blood pressure on one occasion. Multiple regression analysis demonstrated that age, average morning home-measured systolic blood pressure (P=0.0019), heart rate and the s.d. of morning home-measured systolic blood pressure on one occasion (P=0.0159) were independently associated with PWV. In conclusion, home blood pressure variability on one occasion was correlated with PWV, independent of other known risk factors, in Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes. © 2013 The Japanese Society of Hypertension All rights reserved.
Morimoto A.,Jichi Medical University |
Shimazaki C.,Social Insurance Kyoto Hospital |
Takahashi S.,University of Tokyo |
Yoshikawa K.,Hikone Municipal Hospital |
And 7 more authors.
International Journal of Hematology | Year: 2013
Little information is available regarding effective systemic therapies for adult Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). The Japan LCH Study Group has formulated an ambulatory treatment regimen for adult patients with LCH. In total, 14 patients (median age 43 years, range 20-70 years) with multifocal LCH with biopsy-confirmed histology were enrolled. None had received cytoreductive agents for LCH previously. Four had single system (SS) and ten had multi system (MS) disease. All were treated with the Special C regimen, which consists of vinblastine/prednisolone and methotrexate with daily 6-mercaptopurine for 36 weeks. At the end of the therapeutic regimen, all SS patients achieved no active disease (NAD), and six of the ten MS patients showed a response (NAD in two, partial response in four). At the last follow-up (median 34 months), 11 patients were alive (NAD in eight and active disease in three). Of the three deceased, one died of hemorrhage during the Special C treatment, and two of infections during subsequent therapy. Although this study is limited by the small sample size, this ambulatory regimen shows signs of efficacy for adult LCH. This was particularly evident for patients with multifocal SS disease, but half of those with MS disease also benefited. © 2012 The Japanese Society of Hematology.
Ando T.,Social Insurance Kyoto Hospital |
Ishikawa T.,Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine |
Takagi T.,Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine |
Imamoto E.,Social Insurance Kyoto Hospital |
And 11 more authors.
Helicobacter | Year: 2013
Background: The relationship between Helicobacter pylori infection and metabolic syndrome is not well understood. Adiponectin is an adipose-derived protein considered to play a significant role in the development of metabolic syndrome. The aim of this study was to clarify the influence of H. pylori infection on circulating adiponectin in humans. Methods: In a prospective study, 456 patients underwent endoscopy and H. pylori testing. All of the 338 H. pylori -positive patients received eradication therapy. Treatment was successful in 241 patients. Circulating adiponectin and other metabolic parameters were measured at baseline in all patients and 12 weeks after eradication therapy in those initially positive for H. pylori. Results: Circulating adiponectin levels were not different between H. pylori -positive and H. pylori -negative patients. In the group with successful eradication, levels of total adiponectin and each multimer form were significantly increased after therapy. Conversely, the levels of total adiponectin and high-molecular-weight adiponectin, but not middle-molecular-weight and low-molecular-weight adiponectin, were increased in the group with unsuccessful eradication after the therapy. Conclusions: Eradication therapy of H. pylori increased circulating adiponectin levels in Japanese individuals and could be beneficial for preventing metabolic syndrome conditions. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
PubMed | Social Insurance Kyoto Hospital and Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy : official journal of the ESSKA | Year: 2016
In this study, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) was performed in the early phase after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction to analyse the changes in nutrient blood vessels and blood flow to the femoral and tibial tunnels and the intraosseous tendon grafts.The subjects were 30 patients who underwent single-bundle ACL reconstruction with an autogenous hamstring tendon. MRA was performed at 2, 3, and 6 months postoperatively (n = 10 at each time point). The mean overall signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) in the tunnel regions and in the region of the tendon graft were compared in each femur and tibia.Blood vessels from arteries reached the femoral and tibial tunnels 2 months postoperatively. The tunnel walls showed high signal intensity, while the intraosseous tendon grafts had lower intensity. SNRs showed significant differences between the femoral and tibial tunnels overall and the intraosseous tendon grafts. At 3 and 6 months postoperatively, the signal intensity of the tunnel walls was decreased significantly, while that of the intraosseous tendon grafts was also decreased, but not significantly. At these times, the SNRs of the femoral and tibial tunnels did not differ significantly, both overall and in the region of the intraosseous tendon grafts.Revascularization around the femoral and tibial tunnels occurred at 2 months postoperatively, with blood flow subsequently decreasing over time until 6 months. This revascularization may be involved in bone tendon healing and maturation of the tendon graft within the bone tunnels. Evaluations of revascularization by MRA may show the maturation stage of the graft and guide medical rehabilitation.IV.
Fuchida S.,Social Insurance Kyoto Hospital
[Rinshō ketsueki] The Japanese journal of clinical hematology | Year: 2012
A 62-year-old woman diagnosed with asymptomatic IgG multiple myeloma in 1998 received distal gastrectomy because of abdominal fullness and was diagnosed with AL amyloidosis in 2009. She was referred to our hospital and further examination revealed amyloid depositions on the tongue, submandibular glands, heart, and gastrointestinal tract. Combination therapy of melphalan with dexamethasone was ineffective. She then received 13 courses of lenalidomide at 15 mg daily with weekly dexamethasone, which resulted in complete response with no detectable M-protein by immunofixation electrophoresis. Reduced-dose lenalidomide with dexamethasone is effective for patients with multiple myeloma complicated with AL amyloidosis.