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Koh Shinohara, Kei Yamamoto, Yasuyuki Kato, Norio Ohmagari
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2016: Internal Medicine
Masayuki Ota, Naoki Yanagisawa
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2016: Internal Medicine
Yoshinari Kawahara, Takayuki Nagai, Takashi Abe, Kazunari Murakami
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2016: Internal Medicine
Tsutomu Mito, Yusuke Hirota, Shingo Suzuki, Kazutaka Noda, Takanori Uehara, Yoshiyuki Ohira, Masatomi Ikusaka
A 65-year-old Japanese man was admitted with a 4-month history of fatigue and exertional dyspnea. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a vegetation on the aortic valve and severe aortic regurgitation. Accordingly, infective endocarditis and heart failure were diagnosed. Although a blood culture was negative on day 7 after admission, a prolonged blood culture with subculture was performed according to the patient's history of contact with cats. Consequently, Bartonella henselae was isolated. Bartonella species are fastidious bacteria that cause blood culture-negative infective endocarditis...
2016: Internal Medicine
Motoko Ikuma, Dai Watanabe, Hiroki Yagura, Misa Ashida, Masaaki Takahashi, Masaaki Shibata, Tadafumi Asaoka, Munehiro Yoshino, Tomoko Uehira, Wataru Sugiura, Takuma Shirasaka
An elderly woman with human immunodeficiency virus-1 infection developed short bowel syndrome as a result of extensive intestinal resection. Considering the possibility of poor absorption of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) was performed. A single-dose test of 6 ARVs (darunavir, ritonavir, lopinavir, etravirine, maraviroc, and raltegravir) did not provide information on the appropriate ARV, and repeated TDM under continuous antiretroviral therapy resulted in viral suppression below 50 copies/mL, which was considered to be treatment success...
2016: Internal Medicine
Hiroshi Ikeda, Kiwamu Nakamura, Mei Ikenori, Takahiro Saito, Keisuke Nagamine, Minoru Inoue, Takuro Sakagami, Hiroko Suzuki, Mariko Usui, Keiji Kanemitsu, Akinori Matsumoto, Takuro Shinbo
We herein report a case of disseminated Mycobacterium avium infection that involved both optic nerves, the conjunctiva, the right lower lung, and multiple skin lesions, including a thoracic nodule. The patient was a 65-year-old man without any significant medical history. The pathogen was detected in the patient's eye discharge, sputum, bronchial lavage fluid, and thoracic nodule. Anti-mycobacterial chemotherapy, including clarithromycin, rifampicin, and ethambutol, was administered, and the thoracic nodule was resected...
2016: Internal Medicine
Ikue Okamura, Yukitsugu Nakamura, Yuka Katsurada, Ken Sato, Takashi Ikeda, Fumihiko Kimura
Purpura fulminans (PF) is a life-threatening syndrome comprising progressive hemorrhagic necrosis due to disseminated intravascular coagulation and dermal vascular thrombosis that leads to purpura and tissue necrosis. Various therapies have been used to arrest the progression of this disease, however, there is no established treatment because of the variety of underlying causes. We herein present an adult case of PF associated with leukocytoclastic vasculitis triggered by antibiotic (levofloxacin) intake. As a result of our rapid and accurate identification of the underlying cause, corticosteroid therapy successfully repressed the inflammatory process...
2016: Internal Medicine
Yukimi Otsuka, Yasushi Inoue
Acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC) is a severe disease seen in critically ill patients, including those with autoimmune diseases. We herein report the case of a 41-year-old female who developed macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) accompanied by a recurrence of Kikuchi disease. Abdominal imaging revealed marked thickening of the gallbladder wall and pericholecystic fluid, typically found in AAC. Treatment with intravenous pulse methylprednisolone induced in a significant improvement in the gallbladder wall, resulting in no need for surgical intervention...
2016: Internal Medicine
Daisuke Hirai, Yugo Yamashita, Nobutoyo Masunaga, Toshiaki Katsura, Masaharu Akao, Yoshiaki Okuno, Hiroshi Koyama
Inhibitors directed against factor V rarely occur, and the clinical symptoms vary. We herein report the case of a patient who presented with a decreased factor V activity that had decreased to <3 %. We administered vitamin K and 6 units of fresh frozen plasma, but she thereafter developed an intracerebral hemorrhage. It is unclear whether surgery >10 years earlier might have caused the development of a factor V inhibitor. The treatment of acquired factor V inhibitors is mainly the transfusion of platelet concentrates and corticosteroids...
2016: Internal Medicine
Jun Yamanouchi, Takaaki Hato, Sanshiro Shiraishi, Kazuto Takeuchi, Yoshihiro Yakushijin, Masaki Yasukawa
Vancomycin-induced thrombocytopenia is a rare adverse reaction that may be overlooked because no specific diagnostic test is currently available. We herein report a patient with vancomycin-induced immune thrombocytopenia who was diagnosed by the detection of vancomycin-dependent anti-platelet antibody with flow cytometry. An IgG antibody in the patient's serum reacted with platelets only in the presence of vancomycin. Severe thrombocytopenia gave rise to life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeding, which was quickly resolved after effective platelet transfusion following the cessation of vancomycin administration...
2016: Internal Medicine
Seiya Urae, Kayori Tsuruoka, Sayaka Kuroya, Yugo Shibagaki
Tumor lysis syndrome (TLS) is a metabolic disorder that is generally associated with a malignancy leading to hyperuricemia, hyperphosphatemia, and acute kidney injury. On the other hand, we sometimes encounter these phenomena in nonmalignant disease, which has been referred to as tumor lysis-like syndrome in some studies. We herein experienced a case in which tumor lysis-like syndrome occurred in the course of therapy for eosinophilic disease of the lung, a nonmalignant disease. Even in nonmalignant disease, massive cell lysis induced by therapy can cause phenomena such as TLS or tumor lysis-like syndrome...
2016: Internal Medicine
Shigeo Hashimoto, Takashi Kuroha, Toshio Yano, Naoko Sato, Tatsuo Furukawa
Five cases were treated by adding daily low-dose thalidomide (50 mg) to bortezomib and dexamethasone therapy for refractory multiple myeloma. This therapy was effective in four cases, with an improvement of bone pain and regression of M-protein. One case was treated with cyclophosphamide, thalidomide, and dexamethasone, adding bortezomib after starting the three-drug combination therapy. This patient has remained in a stable disease state since the beginning of this therapy. Regarding the other four cases, a partial response and a prolonged survival for approximately one year were noted...
2016: Internal Medicine
Makoto Nakao, Hideki Muramatsu, Tetsushi Takahashi, Shunsuke Niwa, Yusuke Kagawa, Ryota Kurokawa, Kazuki Sone, Yuki Uozumi, Misako Ohkusu, Katsuhiko Kamei, Hiroshi Koga
A 39-year-old man presented to our hospital with a four-week history of headache and a two-week history of low-grade fever. Chest X-rays showed a tumor of approximately 50 mm in size in the right lower field. A histopathological examination of a transbronchial lung biopsy specimen from the right S9/10 revealed numerous fungal elements that appeared as encapsulated yeast with clear halos. Gadolinium-enhanced brain magnetic resonance images showed multiple cerebral nodules. Cryptococcus gattii (Genotype VGIIa) was isolated from the bronchial lavage and cerebrospinal fluid specimens...
2016: Internal Medicine
Rikako Hiramatsu, Yoshifumi Ubara, Naoki Sawa, Eiko Hasegawa, Masahiro Kawada, Aya Imafuku, Keiichi Sumida, Junichi Hoshino, Kenmei Takaichi
We performed a bone histomorphometric analysis in two patients demonstrating Fanconi syndrome with hypophosphatemia, adefovir-related bone disease and chronic hepatitis B infection. Both patients had osteomalacia, but showed two different histological patterns. The osteoid volume of the patient without risedronate increased with [(osteoid volume/ bone volume)×100=18.6%]. However, the osteoid volume of the patient receiving risedronate without vitamin D analogue showed a greater increase of 53.8%. In both patients bone pain and hypophosphatemia subsided soon after the discontinuation of adefovir and the administration of phosphate derivative...
2016: Internal Medicine
Eiko Hasegawa, Naoki Sawa, Junichi Hoshino, Tatsuya Suwabe, Noriko Hayami, Masayuki Yamanouchi, Akinari Sekine, Rikako Hiramatsu, Aya Imafuku, Masahiro Kawada, Yoshifumi Ubara, Tsunao Imamura, Kenmei Takaichi
We herein present a rare case of an autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) patient with Caroli's disease, a congenital embryonic biliary tree ductal plate abnormality often associated with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease. A 76-year-old woman with ADPKD on hemodialysis was admitted to our hospital with recurrent cholangitis and hepatobiliary stones. Caroli's disease was diagnosed according to typical imaging findings of cystic intrahepatic bile duct dilatation and the central dot sign...
2016: Internal Medicine
Shinya Kawamoto, Ryo Koda, Atsunori Yoshino, Tetsuro Takeda, Yoshihiko Ueda
Medullary cystic kidney disease (MCKD) is a hereditary disease associated with bilateral medullary polycysts and interstitial fibrosis. MCKD is typically associated with slowly progressive renal dysfunction. We herein report two rare elderly cases with enlarged kidneys and rapidly progressive renal dysfunction without myeloperoxidase anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (MPO-ANCA), PR3-ANCA, or anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) antibodies. Renal biopsies revealed extensive tubular dilatation and atrophy with interstitial fibrosis consistent with MCKD...
2016: Internal Medicine
Toshiharu Ueno, Koichi Kikuchi, Ryo Hazue, Koki Mise, Keiichi Sumida, Noriko Hayami, Tatsuya Suwabe, Junichi Hoshino, Naoki Sawa, Kenji Arizono, Shigeko Hara, Kenmei Takaichi, Takeshi Fujii, Kenichi Ohashi, Yoshifumi Ubara
A 58-year-old man was referred to our institution for an evaluation of nephrotic range proteinuria. Renal biopsy showed a marked expansion of the mesangial matrix and thickening of glomerular basement membrane (GBM) in periodic acid-silver methenamine (PAM). Immunofluorescence (IF) revealed strong staining for the monoclonal kappa light chain. EM demonstrated massive subendothelial and mesangial dense deposits. As a result, light chain deposition disease (LCDD) was diagnosed. Melphalan and prednisolone (MP) therapy was started, which was continued for 10 years with minimal complications...
2016: Internal Medicine
Hiroyuki Hirai, Sanae Midorikawa, Shinichi Suzuki, Hironobu Sasano, Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Hiroaki Satoh
We herein present the findings of a 42-year-old woman with either adrenal pheochromocytoma or intraadrenal paraganglioma that simultaneously secreted somatostatin, thus mimicking insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Pheochromocytoma was clinically diagnosed based on scintigraphy, elevated catecholamine levels, and finally a histopathological analysis of resected specimens. The patient had diabetic ketosis, requiring 40 U insulin for treatment. Following laparoscopic adrenalectomy, insulin therapy was discontinued and the urinary c-peptide levels changed from 5...
2016: Internal Medicine
Rie Tadokoro, Shotaro Sato, Fumiko Otsuka, Makoto Ueno, Shinichi Ohkawa, Hideki Katakami, Matsuo Taniyama, Shoichiro Nagasaka
The patient was a 61-year-old woman who had a well-differentiated pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET) with lymph node metastasis. After 15 months of octreotide treatment, glucose control deteriorated and pigmentation of the tongue and moon face developed, leading to the diagnosis of ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) syndrome. An abnormal secretion of growth hormone (GH) was identified, and the plasma growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) level was elevated. A tumor biopsy specimen positively immunostained for ACTH and GHRH...
2016: Internal Medicine
Takamasa Tanaka, Norihiko Terada, Yoshiki Fujikawa, Takushi Fujimoto
Isolated adrenocorticotropic hormone deficiency (IAD) is a rare disorder with diverse clinical presentations. A 79-year-old man was bedridden for six months due to flexion contractures of the bilateral hips and knees, along with hyponatremia. He was diagnosed with IAD based on the results of endocrine tests. After one month of corticosteroid replacement, he recovered and was able to stand up by himself. Although flexion contracture is a rare symptom of IAD, steroid replacement therapy may be effective, even for seemingly irreversibly bedridden elderly patients...
2016: Internal Medicine
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