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Masatoshi Kudo
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer and the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Sonazoid-enhanced ultrasound and gadolinium ethoxybenzyl diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid-enhanced MRI are the most important imaging modalities in diagnosing HCC. There are 2 non-contradictory HCC treatment algorithms in Japan. Hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy plays an important role in the treatment of advanced HCC with main or branch portal vein invasion. Regorafenib, as a second-line systemic treatment, prolongs survival in patients with intermediate and advanced HCC who progressed on sorafenib...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Naoshi Nishida, Masatoshi Kudo
Accumulation of genetic and epigenetic alterations is a hallmark of cancer genomes, including those in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Particularly, in human HCC, epigenetic changes are more frequently observed than genetic changes in a variety of cancer-related genes, suggesting a potential role for epigenetic alterations during hepatocarcinogenesis. Several environmental factors, such as inflammation, obesity, and steatosis, are reported to affect the epigenetic status in hepatocytes, which could play a role in HCC development...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Tomoyuki Nagai, Tokuzo Arao, Kazuto Nishio, Kazuko Matsumoto, Satoru Hagiwara, Toshiharu Sakurai, Yasunori Minami, Hiroshi Ida, Kazuomi Ueshima, Naoshi Nishida, Kazuko Sakai, Nagahiro Saijo, Kanae Kudo, Hiroyasu Kaneda, Daisuke Tamura, Keiichi Aomatsu, Hideharu Kimura, Yoshihiko Fujita, Seiji Haji, Masatoshi Kudo
BACKGROUND: Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is considered to play a critical role in cancer progression and metastasis. However, the impact of EMT on the prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still elusive. In this study, we examined the relationship between the expression of EMT markers and recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) in HCC patients after hepatic resection. SUMMARY: The mRNA expression of 15 genes related to EMT was assessed by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction in cancerous tissues from 72 patients who underwent hepatic resection of HCC between January 2005 and December 2010 at our hospital...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Chikara Ogawa, Yasunori Minami, Masahiro Morita, Teruyo Noda, Soichi Arasawa, Masako Izuta, Atsushi Kubo, Toshihiro Matsunaka, Hiroyuki Tamaki, Mitsushige Shibatoge, Masatoshi Kudo
PURPOSE: Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) is one of the most effective therapeutic options for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and it is important to protect residual liver function after treatment as well as the effect. To reduce the liver function deterioration, we evaluated the automatic software to predict the embolization area of TACE in 3 dimensions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Automatic prediction software of embolization area was used in chemoembolization of 7 HCCs...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Toshihiko Kawasaki, Kan-Yun Hata, Daisuke Kinoshita, Masaki Takayama, Hideyuki Okuda, Shigeto Mizuno, Masatoshi Kudo
PURPOSE: Contrast-enhanced sonography increases negative enhancement in the Kupffer phase after transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We compared contrast-enhanced sonography with B-mode sonography for guidance of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of HCC after TACE. METHODS: After TACE was performed, 18 nodules in 12 patients were treated by B-mode sonography guided RFA, while 22 nodules in 18 patients were treated by contrast-enhanced sonography-guided RFA...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Yasunori Minami, Tomohiro Minami, Hirokazu Chishina, Masashi Kono, Tadaaki Arizumi, Masahiro Takita, Norihisa Yada, Satoru Hagiwara, Hiroshi Ida, Kazuomi Ueshima, Naoshi Nishida, Masatoshi Kudo
OBJECTIVE: Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) induces gas bubbles in ablation zones, and the ablative margin cannot be evaluated accurately on ultrasound (US) during and immediately after RFA. This study assessed the usefulness of US-US fusion imaging to visualize the ablative margin of RFA for liver metastasis. METHODS: RFA guided by US-US fusion imaging was performed on 12 targeted tumors in 10 patients. Secondary hepatic malignancies included patients with colorectal cancer (n = 4), breast cancer (n = 2), lung cancer (n = 1), gastrointestinal stromal tumor (n = 1), pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (n = 1), and adrenocortical carcinoma (n = 1)...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Takayuki Iwamoto, Yasuharu Imai, Sachiyo Kogita, Takumi Igura, Yoshiyuki Sawai, Kazuto Fukuda, Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, Yasushi Matsumoto, Masanori Nakahara, Osakuni Morimoto, Yasushi Seki, Hiroshi Ohashi, Norihiko Fujita, Masatoshi Kudo, Tetsuo Takehara
OBJECTIVE: We compared the efficacy of contrast-enhanced ultrasound sonography (CEUS) with sonazoid and gadolinium-ethoxybenzyl-diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA)-enhanced MRI for the assessment of macroscopic classification of nodular hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: Seventy-seven consecutive patients with 79 surgically resected HCCs who underwent both preoperative CEUS and Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI were enrolled in this retrospective study...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Tadaaki Arizumi, Kazuomi Ueshima, Mina Iwanishi, Tomohiro Minami, Hirokazu Chishina, Masashi Kono, Masahiro Takita, Satoshi Kitai, Tatsuo Inoue, Norihisa Yada, Satoru Hagiwara, Yasunori Minami, Hiroshi Ida, Toshiharu Sakurai, Masayuki Kitano, Naoshi Nishida, Masatoshi Kudo
BACKGROUND: The standard treatment option that is available for patients with Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) stage B hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is transarterial chemoembolization (TACE). However, the condition of the patients with BCLC stage B disease is heterogeneous showing different tumor statuses and Child-Pugh scores; treatment strategies other than TACE are frequently employed for the patients in this stage. Based on the subclassification system proposed by Bolondi et al...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Soo Ki Kim, Myung-Hee Shin, Kayo Sugimoto, Soo Ryang Kim, Susumu Imoto, Ke Ih Kim, Miyuki Taniguchi, Hyun-Kyung Oh, Yoshihiko Yano, Yoshitake Hayashi, Masatoshi Kudo
OBJECTIVES: Significant inverse association between coffee intake and the levels of liver enzymes has been reported. We demonstrated higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome in Korean immigrants (KIs) than in indigenous Japanese (IJs). The aim of this study was to investigate whether the association between coffee intake and liver enzyme levels was different between the 2 ethnic groups. METHODS: This study is a cross-sectional study including a total of 966 subjects comprising KIs and IJs...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Hirokazu Chishina, Satoru Hagiwara, Naoshi Nishida, Kazuomi Ueshima, Toshiharu Sakurai, Hiroshi Ida, Yasunori Minami, Masahiro Takita, Masashi Kono, Tomohiro Minami, Mina Iwanishi, Yasuko Umehara, Tomohiro Watanabe, Yoriaki Komeda, Tadaaki Arizumi, Masotoshi Kudo
OBJECTIVE: Refractory ascites reduces the quality of life of liver cirrhosis patients. Albumin preparation and diuretics, such as furosemide, have been used to treat refractory ascites, but the effect was poor in many patients. In this study, we analyzed patients treated with tolvaptan (TLV) at our hospital and investigated predictors of the effect. METHODS: The subjects were 70 patients for whom TLV was introduced to treat refractory ascites who could be analyzed between November 2013 and March 2015 at our hospital...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Masahiro Takita, Mina Iwanishi, Tomohiro Minami, Masashi Kono, Hirokazo Chishina, Tadaaki Arizumi, Norihisa Yada, Satoru Hagiwara, Yasunori Minami, Hiroshi Ida, Kazuomi Ueshima, Nishida Naoshi, Masatoshi Kudo
OBJECTIVE: The objective of treatment for polycystic liver disease is to reduce the liver volume and reduce or resolve compression symptoms such as abdominal fullness and abdominal pain due to hepatomegaly. Liver cysts are treated internally by puncture and aspiration of the cyst contents or hepatic artery embolization and surgically by cyst fenestration or hepatectomy, but no clear consensus has been reached concerning their selection. We introduced monoethanolamine oleate (EO) sclerotherapy therapy for liver cysts in 1999 and reported its effectiveness...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Norihisa Yada, Toshiharu Sakurai, Tomohiro Minami, Tadaaki Arizumi, Masahiro Takita, Satoru Hagiwara, Hiroshi Ida, Kazuomi Ueshima, Naoshi Nishida, Masatoshi Kudo
OBJECTIVE: We have reported about real-time tissue elastography (RTE), which displays relative strain by measuring the relative distortion of the tissue, and found this information to be useful for diagnosing liver fibrosis. However, its use in predicting hepatocellular carcinoma has not been reported as yet. Here, we investigated RTE to predict liver carcinogenesis in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. METHODS: We enrolled 160 patients with chronic HCV, who were followed up for 39...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Tao Wu, Ping Wang, Ting Zhang, Jian Zheng, Shuoyang Li, Jie Zeng, Masatoshi Kudo, Rongqin Zheng
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive assessment of liver fibrosis has important clinical significance. Different techniques including two-dimensional shear-wave elastography (2D SWE) and real-time tissue elastography (RTE) are reported to be useful for the noninvasive diagnosis of hepatic fibrosis. All these techniques are affected by many factors. How to choose a reasonable method needs further studies. PURPOSE: This study was conducted to comparatively assess the diagnostic performance of 2D SWE and RTE in patients with Chronic Hepatitis B (CHB) and influence of inflammation on the stiffness values obtained by both techniques, so as to objectively assess the reasonable choice between these 2 elastography techniques for noninvasive assessment of hepatic fibrosis in clinical practice...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Naoshi Nishida, Masashi Kono, Tomohiro Minami, Hirokazu Chishina, Tadaaki Arizumi, Masahiro Takita, Norihisa Yada, Hiroshi Ida, Satoru Hagiwara, Yasunori Minami, Kazuomi Ueshima, Tashiharu Sakurai, Masatoshi Kudo
BACKGROUND: An interferon-free regimen including sofosbuvir and ribavirin (RBV) for patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 2 (G2) infection leads to a drastic improvement of sustained virological response (SVR). However, the safety, tolerability, and efficacy in patients aged 75 or older have not been completely understood. SUMMARY: Fifty-six patients with HCV G2 infection who were treated with sofosbuvir and weight-based dose of RBV were enrolled. Thirty-seven patients aged ≥75 and 19 patients aged ≤74 were classified as the aged and non-aged groups, respectively...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Kayo Sugimoto, Soo Ki Kim, Soo Ryang Kim, Mana Kobayashi, Airi Kato, Eri Morimoto, Susumu Imoto, Chi Wan Kim, Yasuhito Tanaka, Masatoshi Kudo, Yoshihiko Yano, Yoshitake Hayashi
OBJECTIVES: The efficacy of sofosbuvir plus ribavirin (RBV) treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 2 focusing on virological response was compared with that of pegylated interferon (peg-IFN) plus RBV treatment. Safety of the former focusing on the decline in hemoglobin levels was compared with that of the latter and assessed in terms of age and inosine triphosphatase (ITPA). METHODS: Patients (n = 17) receiving sofosbuvir plus RBV and those (n = 24) receiving peg-IFN plus RBV diagnosed with chronic HCV genotype 2 were enrolled in this study, and the efficacy and safety of both treatments were assessed...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Satoru Hagiwara, Naoshi Nishida, Tomohiro Watanabe, Toshiharu Sakurai, Hiroshi Ida, Yasunori Minami, Masahiro Takita, Tomohiro Minami, Mina Iwanishi, Hirokazu Chishina, Kazuomi Ueshima, Yoriaki Komeda, Tadaaki Arizumi, Masatoshi Kudo
OBJECTIVE: Treatment for chronic hepatitis C has recently developed in a very rapid manner. In Japan, in September 2014, IFN-free asunaprevir (ASV) and daclatasvir (DCV) became available for combination therapy. We report the treatment outcomes achieved at our hospital using this combination therapy. METHODS: Sustained virological response (SVR) 24 could be evaluated in 120 of 125 patients with chronic liver disease type C who visited our hospital and were treated with ASV/DCV after September 2014, and these patients were analyzed...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Masatoshi Kudo
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2016: Digestive Diseases
Daisuke Kudo, Shigeki Kushimoto, Atsushi Shiraishi, Hiroshi Ogura, Akiyoshi Hagiwara, Daizoh Saitoh
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether preinjury medication with antithrombotic agents was related to an increase in hemostatic interventions in patients with severe trauma without traumatic brain injury. METHODS: Consecutive trauma patients who were admitted to the emergency departments of the study hospitals with an injury severity score ≥16 were enrolled in this retrospective, observational, multicenter study of coagulation in the acute phase of severe trauma...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Tomohiro Watanabe, Kouhei Yamashita, Masatoshi Kudo
An increased number of clinicopathological studies on autoimmune pancreatitis, cholangitis, and sialoadenitis have led to the recognition of immunoglobulin G4-related disease (IgG4-RD) as a novel disorder, characterized by elevated levels of serum IgG4 and infiltration of IgG4-expressing plasma cells in the affected organs. Although the immunological background associated with the development of IgG4-RD remains poorly understood, recent studies have suggested involvement of the innate immune response in its pathogenesis...
October 16, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Wakana Nakayama, Masatoshi Jinnin, Yukiko Tomizawa, Kayo Nakamura, Hideo Kudo, Kuniko Inoue, Katsunari Makino, Noritoshi Honda, Ikko Kajihara, Satoshi Fukushima, Hironobu Ihn
OBJECTIVES: The overexpression of IL-12 family cytokines is implicated in the pathogenesis of SSc, but their exact role is still unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the regulation of extracellular matrix expression by IL-23 and its contribution to the phenotype of SSc. METHODS: The mRNA expression was determined by PCR array and real-time PCR. The expression levels of proteins were determined by immunoblotting and immunohistochemical staining. The effect of IL-23 on dermal fibrosis in vivo was examined in a mouse model of SSc induced by bleomycin injection...
October 15, 2016: Rheumatology
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