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Korean Journal of Internal Medicine

Mi Hwa Heo, Hee Kyung Kim, Hansang Lee, Ji-Yeon Kim, Jin-Seok Ahn, Young-Hyuck Im, Yeon Hee Park
Background/Aims: We conducted a retrospective analysis of the clinical activity of fulvestrant in postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative metastatic breast cancer (MBC) previously treated with endocrine therapy and/or chemotherapy. Methods: We reviewed the medical records of all patients with MBC treated at Samsung Medical Center between January 2009 and August 2016. Patients received fulvestrant 250 mg intramuscularly every 28 days (from January 2009 to November 2010) or 500 mg intramuscularly every 28 days (from December 2010 to August 2016)...
March 16, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Ye-Jin Lee, Sung Koo Han, Ju Hee Park, Jung Kyu Lee, Deog Keom Kim, Hee Soon Chung, Eun Young Heo
Background/Aims: Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and tuberculosis (TB) have increased morbidity and a high risk of treatment failure or recurrence. It is important to manage both diseases simultaneously. Among anti-diabetic drugs, metformin inhibits intracellular growth of mycobacteria. Therefore, we examined the effects of metformin on TB treatment, especially in patients with DM. Methods: This retrospective cohort study included patients with culture-positive pulmonary TB diagnosed between 2011 and 2012...
March 16, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Tae-Min Rhee, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Sohee Oh, Woo-Hyun Lim, Jae-Bin Seo, Woo-Young Chung, Sang-Hyun Kim, Myung-A Kim, Joo-Hee Zo
Background/Aims: Although brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) has been validated as a novel method to predict the cardiovascular risk in general population, the relevance of baPWV to the traditional risk scores has not been clearly revealed. This study investigated the relationship between baPWV and four different cardiovascular risk-predicting scores in men and women. Methods: A total of 539 subjects (58.1 ± 12.2 years, 50.1% men) without cardiovascular disease (CVD) who underwent health examinations including baPWV measurement were retrospectively analyzed...
March 16, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Hyun Young Woo, In Seok Lee, Jae Hyuck Chang, Seung Bae Youn, Si Hyun Bae, Jong Young Choi, Ho Jong Chun, Young Kyoung You, Dong Goo Kim, Seung Kew Yoon
Background/Aims: Biliary complications are the most common donor complication following living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). The aim of this study is to investigate the long-term outcomes of biliary complications in right lobe adult-to-adult LDLT donors, and to evaluate the efficacy of endoscopic treatment of these donors. Methods: The medical charts of right lobe donors who developed biliary complications between June 2000 and January 2008 were retrospectively reviewed...
March 14, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Baek Gyu Jun, Eui Ju Park, Woong Cheul Lee, Jae Young Jang, Soung Won Jeong, Young Don Kim, Gab Jin Cheon, Young Sin Cho, Sae Hwan Lee, Hong Soo Kim, Yun Nah Lee, Sang Gyune Kim, Young Seok Kim, Boo Sung Kim
Background/Aims: This study was conducted to clarify the sustained virological response (SVR) prediction ability of baseline and treatment-related factors in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Methods: This retrospective study collected data at four tertiary referral hospitals between June 2004 and July 2012. Out of 476 patients, 330 treatment-naïve patients with chronic HCV infection were recruited. Pegylated interferon α-2a/- 2b plus ribavirin was administered for either 24 or 48 weeks depending on the HCV genotype...
March 14, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Wooho Ban, Hyeon Hui Kang, In Kyoung Kim, Jick Hwan Ha, Hyonsoo Joo, Jong Min Lee, Jeong Uk Lim, Sang Haak Lee, Chin Kook Rhee
Background/Aims: Several studies have identified a role for nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) in the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, the relationship between the plasma Nrf2 level and the extent of systemic inflammation associated with COPD status remains unclear. Methods: Patients diagnosed with COPD were recruited from St. Paul's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, between July 2009 and May 2012. Patients were classified into two groups according to the severity of their symptoms on initial presentation, a COPD-stable group (n = 25) and a COPD-exacerbation group (n = 30)...
March 13, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Jeong-Min Lee, Jeonghoon Ha, Kwanhoon Jo, Yejee Lim, Min-Hee Kim, Chan-Kwan Jung, So-Lyung Jung, Moo-Il Kang, Bong-Yun Cha, Dong-Jun Lim
Background/Aims: Lymphocytic thyroiditis as cytology diagnosis from fine needle aspiration (FNA) is frequently detected in patients with thyroid nodules. However, the clinical outcome for upcoming hypothyroid events has been rarely clarified in euthyroid patients. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the data of patient who had lymphocytic thyroitidis on FNA cytology of thyroid nodule from January 2005 to December 2010 at a tertiary referral hospital. In total, 109 patients with follow-up thyroid function tests (TFT) were enrolled...
March 13, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Xin Jin, Byung Joo Sun, Jae-Kwan Song, Jae-Hyung Roh, Jeong Yoon Jang, Dae-Hee Kim, Young-Suk Lim, Jong-Min Song, Duk-Hyun Kang, Sung Gyu Lee
Background/Aims: Although the association between intrapulmonary shunt (IPS) and liver cirrhosis is clear, data of repeated contrast echocardiography (CE) before and after liver transplantation (LT) to evaluate factors associated with IPS are limited. Methods: Hand-agitated saline was used for CE and, by assessing left-chamber opacification, IPS was classified as grade 0 to 4. Grade 3/4 constituted significant IPS and hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) was defined as significant IPS with the arterial partial pressure of oxygen < 70 mmHg...
March 5, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Chang-Il Kwon, Gwangil Kim, Jong Pil Moon, Ho Yun, Weon Jin Ko, Joo Young Cho, Sung Pyo Hong
Background/Aims: Recently, to lower the production costs and risk of infection, new disposable biopsy forceps made using simple manufacturing techniques have been introduced. However, the effects of the manufacturing techniques are unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate which types of biopsy forceps could obtain good-quality specimens according to the manufacturing techniques. Methods: By using an in vitro nitrile glove popping model, we compared the popping ability among eight different disposable biopsy forceps (one pair of biopsy forceps with cups made by a cutting method [cutting forceps], four pairs of biopsy forceps with cups made by a pressing method [pressing forceps], and three pairs of biopsy forceps with cups made using a injection molding method [molding forceps])...
March 5, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Jungok Kim, Cheol-In Kang, Geum-Youn Gwak, Doo Ryeon Chung, Kyong Ran Peck, Jae-Hoon Song
Background/Aims: Healthcare-associated (HCA) infection is a recently suggested new category of community-onset infections. The implications of HCA infections in terms of diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) are not well understood. We sought to delineate the differences between community-acquired (CA) SBP and HCA SBP with specific interest in the antimicrobial resistance of causative microorganisms and outcomes. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of all SBP episodes with positive ascitic culture and/or blood culture from June 2000 to August 2011...
March 5, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Byoungjae Kim, Tae Hoon Kim
A mysterious puzzle in immunology is how the immune system decides what types of immune response to initiate against various stimuli. Although much is known about control of T helper 1 (Th1) and Th17 responses, the mechanisms that initiate Th2 responses remain obscure. Antigen-presenting cells, particularly dendritic cells (DCs), are mandatory for the induction of a Th cell response. Numerous studies have documented the organizing role of DCs in this process. The present review summarizes the fundamental roles of DCs in inducing Th2 responses...
March 5, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Ji Yeon Koo, Kook Hyun Kim, Tae Nyeun Kim
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February 23, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Hyunsuk Kim, Jiwon Ryu, Young-Ki Lee, Myoung Jin Choi, Ajin Cho, Ja-Ryong Koo, Sae Yun Baik, Eun Hee Lee, Jong-Woo Yoon, Jung-Woo Noh
Background/Aims: Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is a self-limiting infectious disease, but 1% of subjects develop fulminant hepatitis. The prevalence of the anti-HAV immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody in hemodialysis subjects in Korea remains unknown. The purpose of this study was to describe and compare the seropositive rate of anti-HAV antibody among hemodialysis subjects in two hospitals according to age group. Methods: A total of 170 hemodialysis subjects were evaluated for the seropositive rate of the anti-HAV IgG antibody and its titer...
February 23, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Min-Suk Yang, Ju-Young Kim, Min-Gyu Kang, Suh-Young Lee, Jae-Woo Jung, Sang-Heon Cho, Kyung-Up Min, Hye-Ryun Kang
Background/Aims: There are only a few reports on the direct costs of severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs), including drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), despite the tremendous negative impact these reactions can have on patients. We estimated the direct costs of treating SCARs. Methods: Patients admitted to a tertiary teaching hospital for the treatment of SCARs from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2010 were included...
February 23, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Seungjin Lim, Eun Jung Kim, Tae Beom Lee, Byung Hyun Choi, Young Mok Park, Kwangho Yang, Je Ho Ryu, Chong Woo Chu, Su Jin Lee
Background/Aims: Infections following liver transplant (LT) remain a major cause of mortality. This study was conducted to evaluate risk factors for infection and to review clinical characteristics. Methods: Medical records of patients who underwent LT from 2010 to 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. Binary logistic regression analysis was used to investigate risk factors of infection. Kaplan-Meier analysis was used to predict prognosis of infected and non-infected groups...
February 23, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Hye Sung Won, Der Sheng Sun, Ji Young Choi, Ho Jung An, Yoon Ho Ko
Background/Aims: This study was conducted to identify risk factors that predict vulnerability to cancer therapy on the basis of the clinical, geriatric, and quality of life assessment before starting treatment in elderly patients. Methods: Seventy-five patients aged 65 years and over with newly diagnosed stage IV solid cancer receiving chemotherapy were analyzed. Clinical and laboratory data were collected. The geriatric assessment was performed using the Korean versions of the Modified Barthel Index, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, Mini-Mental State Examination, and Geriatric Depression Scale...
February 23, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Koung Jin Suh, Ki Hwan Kim, Ryul Kim, Ja Min Byun, Miso Kim, Jin Hyun Park, Bhumsuk Keam, Tae Min Kim, Jin-Soo Kim, In Sil Choi, Dae Seog Heo
Background/Aims: The role of [18F]-f luorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) in first remission is unclear. Methods: Medical costs within the first 3 years of treatment completion and clinical outcomes of 118 patients with DLBCL in first remission with and without surveillance PET/CT (PET/CT [+] group [n = 76] and PET/CT [-] group [n = 42], respectively) were retrospectively analyzed...
February 23, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Hye Jeong Kim, Mi Kyung Kwak, In Ho Choi, So-Young Jin, Hyeong Kyu Park, Dong Won Byun, Kyoil Suh, Myung Hi Yoo
Background/Aims: The aim of this study was to address the role of the elasticity index as a possible predictive marker for detecting papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and quantitatively assess shear wave elastography (SWE) as a tool for differentiating PTC from benign thyroid nodules. Methods: One hundred and nineteen patients with thyroid nodules undergoing SWE before ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration and core needle biopsy were analyzed. The mean (EMean), minimum (EMin), maximum (EMax), and standard deviation (ESD) of SWE elasticity indices were measured...
February 23, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Sang Bong Ahn, Dae Won Jun, Kiseok Jang, Byung Hoon Lee, Kye Jung Shin
Background/Aims: Intestinal cholesterol absorption includes intestinal Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 (NPC1L1) and is an important target pathway in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We investigated the expression of NPC1L1 and its correlation with liver X receptor (LXR) expression in peripheral mononuclear (PMN) cells in patients with NAFLD. Methods: We evaluated intestinal expression of NPC1L1 in 25 NAFLD patients and 28 healthy controls. We calculated the mRNA expression levels of LXR and farnesoid X receptor (FXR), which are master players of cholesterol metabolism in PMN cells...
February 23, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Kwang Yong Shim, Young Woo Eom, Moon Young Kim, Seong Hee Kang, Soon Koo Baik
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is an important regulator of cirrhosis and portal hypertension. As hepatic fibrosis progresses, levels of the RAS components angiotensin (Ang) II, Ang-(1-7), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), and Ang II type 1 receptor (AT1R) are increased. The primary effector Ang II regulates vasoconstriction, sodium homoeostasis, fibrosis, cell proliferation, and inflammation in various diseases, including liver cirrhosis, through the ACE/Ang II/AT1R axis in the classical RAS. The ACE2/Ang-(1-7)/Mas receptor and ACE2/Ang-(1-9)/AT2R axes make up the alternative RAS and promote vasodilation, antigrowth, proapoptotic, and anti-inflammatory effects; thus, countering the effects of the classical RAS axis to reduce hepatic fibrogenesis and portal hypertension...
February 21, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
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