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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153935/a-qualitative-assessment-of-adolescent-girls-perception-of-living-with-congenital-heart-disease-focusing-on-future-pregnancies-and-childbirth
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Mayumi Nakamura, Sachiko Kita, Ryota Kikuchi, Yoichiro Hirata, Takahiro Shindo, Nobutaka Shimizu, Ryo Inuzuka, Akira Oka, Kiyoko Kamibeppu
PURPOSE: Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth anomaly in Japan, occurring in approximately 10.6 of every 1,000 live births. Advancements in medical and surgical care have increased births by women diagnosed with CHD. The study's purpose was to examine the perceptions of pregnancy and childbirth among adolescent girls with CHD. DESIGN AND METHODS: Twelve semi-structured interviews were conducted, and the data were analyzed using a modified grounded-theory approach...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153625/the-role-of-pd-1-positivity-in-the-tumour-nest-on-clinical-outcome-in-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma-patients-treated-with-radical-nephroureterectomy
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N Hayakawa, E Kikuchi, S Mikami, K Fukumoto, M Oya
AIMS: The role of PD-1 (programmed cell death 1) expression on the clinical outcome of upper tract urothelial carcinoma has not yet been elucidated in detail. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PD-1 expression was immunohistochemically examined in 181 upper tract urothelial carcinoma patients who underwent radical nephroureterectomy. A part of PD-1 protein expression in the tumour periphery and tumour nest was evaluated separately. The PD-1-positive cells were counted in the area showing the highest density of PD-1 expression at a magnification of 400×...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153260/diagnostic-criteria-for-patulous-eustachian-tube-a-proposal-by-the-japan-otological-society
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Toshimitsu Kobayashi, Masahiro Morita, Satoshi Yoshioka, Kunihiro Mizuta, Shigeto Ohta, Toshiaki Kikuchi, Tatsuya Hayashi, Akihiro Kaneko, Nobumasa Yamaguchi, Sho Hashimoto, Hiromi Kojima, Shingo Murakami, Haruo Takahashi
Patulous Eustachian Tube (PET) is of increasing importance in otology. However, despite the abundance of diseases requiring a differential diagnosis from PET, such as superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome, perilymphatic fistula, acute low-tone sensorineural hearing loss, etc., there are currently no established diagnostic criteria for PET. In view of these circumstances, the Japan Otological Society (JOS) Eustachian Tube Committee proposed the diagnostic criteria for Patulous Eustachian Tube in 2012, in order to promote clinical research on PET...
November 15, 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151492/determinants-of-the-change-in-arterial-stiffness-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
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Mitsutaka Nakahigashi, Hiroyasu Tsukaguchi, Satoshi Morimoto, Chikara Nakano, Hiroko Ueda, Kazunori Someya, Makiko Kusabe, Sanae Kikuchi, Takanobu Imada, Ichiro Shiojima
Arterial stiffness is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with end-stage renal failure. However, little is known about the factors that contribute to arterial rigidity in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. The aim of this study was to define the pattern and determinants of the longitudinal change in arterial stiffness after PD initiation.Arterial stiffening was estimated for 46 PD patients by using brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) and carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT)...
November 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147171/recent-progress-of-bypass-surgery-to-the-dialysis-dependent-patients-with-critical-limb-ischemia
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Nobuyoshi Azuma, Shinsuke Kikuchi, Hiroko Okuda, Keisuke Miyake, Atsuhiro Koya
According to expansion of dialysis-dependent population, more than half of patients with critical ischemic limbs are dialysis-dependent in Japan. Although patients with end-staged renal disease are well-known as poor life prognosis, well-managed dialysis patients in Japan can survive much longer compared to dialysis patients in the United States and Europe. Therefore, some dialysis patients can enjoy the long-term benefits of bypass surgery. To decide the indication of bypass surgery, patient's general condition, nutrition status, and vein availability are more important rather than arterial disease anatomy...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126235/clinical-significance-of-interferon-%C3%AE-neutralizing-autoantibodies-against-disseminated-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-disease
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Ami Aoki, Takuro Sakagami, Kazutaka Yoshizawa, Kenjiro Shima, Mio Toyama, Yoshinari Tanabe, Hiroshi Moro, Nobumasa Aoki, Satoshi Watanabe, Toshiyuki Koya, Takashi Hasegawa, Kozo Morimoto, Atsuyuki Kurashima, Yoshihiko Hoshino, Bruce C Trapnell, Toshiaki Kikuchi
Background: Interferon-γ neutralizing autoantibodies (nIFNγ-autoAb) are reported in patients with disseminated nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection and may function by increasing the infection risk. Notwithstanding, the prevalence of nIFNγ-autoAb as well as the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and natural history, of disseminated NTM infection in these patients is poorly understood. Methods: In this retrospective observational study, data and sera for 331 Japanese subjects with mycobacterial infection were collected and analyzed...
November 8, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119669/sinusitis-caused-by-exserohilum-rostratum-after-cord-blood-transplantation-for-myelodysplastic-syndrome-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Sumiko Kohashi, Takaaki Toyama, Norisato Hashimoto, Masatoshi Sakurai, Jun Kato, Taku Kikuchi, Yuya Koda, Kayoko Sugita, Naoki Hasegawa, Kyoko Yarita, Katsuhiko Kamei, Shinichiro Okamoto, Takehiko Mori
Invasive fungal disease is a serious infectious complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Exserohilum rostratum is a species causing phaeohyphomycosis, which rarely causes invasive disease in humans. We treated a case of sinusitis caused by E. rostratum after cord blood transplantation (CBT). A 60-year-old man with myelodysplastic syndrome, who had a medical history of an operation to correct deviation of the nasal septum, developed sinusitis caused by E. rostratum under prolonged profound neutropenia after a second CBT because of the graft rejection of the first transplantation...
November 8, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114400/an-untypeable-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-represents-one-of-the-dominant-types-causing-human-disease
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Atsushi Iguchi, Astrid von Mentzer, Taisei Kikuchi, Nicholas R Thomson
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a major cause of diarrhoea in children below 5 years of age in endemic areas, and is a primary cause of diarrhoea in travellers visiting developing countries. Epidemiological analysis of E. coli pathovars is traditionally carried out based on the results of serotyping. However, genomic analysis of a global ETEC collection of 362 isolates taken from patients revealed nine novel O-antigen biosynthesis gene clusters that were previously unrecognized, and have collectively been called unclassified...
September 2017: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109535/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-end-stage-renal-disease-in-hiv-1-infected-asian-patients-in-tokyo
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Takeshi Nishijima, Yohei Kawasaki, Yoshikazu Mutoh, Kiyomi Tomonari, Kunihisa Tsukada, Yoshimi Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Gatanaga, Shinichi Oka
This single-center cross-sectional study determined the prevalence and factors associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in HIV-1-infected Asian patients at the largest HIV clinic in Japan. HIV-1-infected patients who visited the clinic between September and December 2016 were analyzed. CKD was defined as estimated glomerular filtration rate of <60 ml/min/1.73 m(2) or proteinuria ≥1+, observed at least over three months. A logistic regression model was used to estimate the effects of various variables on CKD...
November 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108510/a-mimic-of-posttransplant-lymphoproliferative-disease-following-liver-transplant
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William H Kitchens, David L Jaye, Joel P Wedd, Joseph F Magliocca
Generalized lymphadenopathy after organ transplant is a concerning finding, often indicating the devel-opment of lymphoma. We describe a 52-year-old liver transplant recipient who had clinical symptoms and imaging concerning for posttransplant lymphoproliferative disease. However, histologic evaluation of a lymph node biopsy revealed that the patient actually had a much rarer but relatively benign condition, Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease (histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis). We discuss the epidemiology, clinical symptoms, diagnosis, histologic features, and treatment of this uncommon mimic of posttransplant lymphoproliferative disease...
October 31, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080243/limaprost-or-pregabalin-preoperative-and-postoperative-medication-for-pain-due-to-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
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Yuji Kasukawa, Naohisa Miyakoshi, Takashi Kobayashi, Kazuma Kikuchi, Kunio Ebata, Noriyuki Ishikawa, Tetsuya Suzuki, Hiroshi Sasaki, Yuji Hatakeyama, Michio Hongo, Yoshinori Ishikawa, Daisuke Kudo, Toshiki Abe, Koichiro Okuyama, Tadato Kido, Mitsuho Chiba, Toyohito Segawa, Masazumi Suzuki, Takashi Mizutani, Ryota Kimura, Yuichi Ono, Jumpei Iida, Eiji Abe, Yoichi Shimada
PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the incidence of (and risk factors for) postoperative pregabalin and/or limaprost to treat persistent numbness and/or pain of the lower extremities after lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) surgery. METHODS: Medical records of 329 patients (168 men 161 women; average age 70 years) were retrospectively reviewed for data on the duration of LSS diagnosis; LSS disease; preoperative medication (limaprost, pregabalin, combined limaprost/pregabalin; duration); symptoms; preoperative/postoperative intermittent claudication (IC); operation type; postoperative medication and period)...
October 27, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079163/fingolimod-induces-baff-and-expands-circulating-transitional-b-cells-without-activating-memory-b-cells-and-plasma-cells-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Yusei Miyazaki, Masaaki Niino, Eri Takahashi, Masako Suzuki, Masanori Mizuno, Shin Hisahara, Toshiyuki Fukazawa, Itaru Amino, Fumihito Nakano, Masakazu Nakamura, Sachiko Akimoto, Naoya Minami, Naoto Fujiki, Shizuki Doi, Shun Shimohama, Yasuo Terayama, Seiji Kikuchi
Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who are treated with fingolimod have an increased proportion of transitional B cells in the circulation, but the underlying mechanism is not known. We hypothesized that B cell-activating factor of the tumor necrosis factor family (BAFF) is involved in the process. Compared with healthy controls and untreated MS patients, fingolimod-treated MS patients had significantly higher serum concentrations of BAFF, which positively correlated with the proportions and the absolute numbers of transitional B cells in blood...
October 25, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063093/nmr-window-of-molecular-complexity-showing-homeostasis-in-superorganisms
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Jun Kikuchi, Shunji Yamada
NMR offers tremendous advantages in the analyses of molecular complexity, such as crude bio-fluids, bio-extracts, and intact cells and tissues. Here we introduce recent applications of NMR approaches, as well as next generation sequencing (NGS), for the evaluation of human and environmental health (i.e., maintenance of a homeostatic state) based on metabolic and microbial profiling and data science. We describe useful databases and web tools that are used to support these studies by facilitating the characterization of metabolites from complex NMR spectra...
October 24, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061138/the-evidence-base-for-circulating-tumour-dna-blood-based-biomarkers-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer-a-systematic-mapping-review
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Ian A Cree, Lesley Uttley, Helen Buckley Woods, Hugh Kikuchi, Anne Reiman, Susan Harnan, Becky L Whiteman, Sian Taylor Philips, Michael Messenger, Angela Cox, Dawn Teare, Orla Sheils, Jacqui Shaw
BACKGROUND: The presence of circulating cell-free DNA from tumours in blood (ctDNA) is of major importance to those interested in early cancer detection, as well as to those wishing to monitor tumour progression or diagnose the presence of activating mutations to guide treatment. In 2014, the UK Early Cancer Detection Consortium undertook a systematic mapping review of the literature to identify blood-based biomarkers with potential for the development of a non-invasive blood test for cancer screening, and which identified this as a major area of interest...
October 23, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057733/membranoproliferative-glomerulonephritis-with-unusual-deposits-of-parallel-arrangement-striated-structure-a-new-pathological-entity-%C3%A2
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Kensei Yahata, Yuko Kikuchi, Mitsuteru Koizumi, Koichi Seta, Hideki Wakui, Atsushi Komatsuda, Akira Shimizu
A 71-year-old male with a past history of lower limb arteriosclerosis obliterans developed nephrotic syndrome and renal dysfunction. Renal biopsy showed diffuse global endocapillary proliferative lesions with infiltration of mononuclear cells and occasional foam cells. An irregular double contour of the glomerular basement membrane and global mild-to-moderate mesangial proliferative lesions were observed, indicating membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis. Congo red staining was negative. Routine immunofluorescence studies showed no obvious immunoglobulin or complement depositions...
October 23, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055691/urinary-and-circulating-levels-of-the-anti-angiogenic-isoform-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Ryosuke Kikuchi, Yoshinari Yasuda, Masahiro Nakatochi, Yohei Shibata, Toshiaki Hara, Atsuo Suzuki, Takahiro Imaizumi, Susumu Suzuki, Hideki Ishii, Kyosuke Takeshita, Tadashi Matsushita, Shoichi Maruyama, Toyoaki Murohara
INTRODUCTION: The protective effects of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A165b on kidney tissue have been suggested in animal studies. However, the relevance of urinary and circulating VEGF-A165b levels in chronic kidney disease patients remains unclear. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the urinary and circulating VEGF-A165b levels in patients with chronic kidney disease. METHODS: This observational study enrolled a total of 92 Japanese patients with chronic kidney disease, who had undergone inulin renal clearance measurements for the accurate assessment of measured GFR...
October 18, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050748/pediatric-kikuchi-fujimoto-disease-a-clinicopathologic-study-and-the-therapeutic-effects-of-hydroxychloroquine
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Yung-Chih Lin, Hsiu-Hui Huang, Bao-Ren Nong, Po-Yen Liu, Ying-Yao Chen, Yung-Feng Huang, Yee-Hsuan Chiou, Herng-Sheng Lee
BACKGROUND: To investigate the clinical features of Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease (KFD) in children, and place an emphasis on the therapeutic effects of hydroxychloroquine as monotherapy. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of all children diagnosed with KFD during the period January 1992 to September 2016 at a tertiary medical center in Taiwan. RESULTS: 40 patients were histopathologically confirmed as KFD, and the mean age of the patients was 13...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034998/the-albumin-bilirubin-grade-uncovers-the-prognostic-relationship-between-hepatic-reserve-and-immune-dysfunction-in-hiv-associated-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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D J Pinato, R Sharma, C Citti, H Platt, M Ventura-Cots, E Allara, T-Y Chen, A Dalla Pria, M Jain, B Mínguez, L Kikuchi, E Kaufman West, M Merli, D E Kaplan, H Hasson, K Marks, M Nelson, M Núñez, A Aytaman, M Bower, N Bräu
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cause of liver-related mortality in people living with HIV, where co-infection with hepatotropic viruses accelerates the course of chronic liver disease. AIM: To evaluate whether the albumin-bilirubin (ALBI) grade, a more accurate marker of liver dysfunction in HCC, might identify patients with progressive liver dysfunction in the context of HIV/hepatitis co-infection. METHODS: Using uni- and multi-variable analyses, we studied the albumin-bilirubin grade as a predictor of overall survival (OS) in a large, multi-center cohort of patients with HIV-associated HCC recruited from 44 centres in 9 countries within the Liver Cancer in HIV study group...
October 16, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021444/a-case-of-recurrent-kikuchi-fujimoto-disease-successfully-treated-by-the-concomitant-use-of-hydroxychloroquine-and-corticosteroids
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Fumika Honda, Hiroto Tsuboi, Hirofumi Toko, Ayako Ohyama, Hidenori Takahashi, Saori Abe, Masahiro Yokosawa, Hiromitsu Asashima, Shinya Hagiwara, Tomoya Hirota, Yuya Kondo, Isao Matsumoto, Takayuki Sumida
Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease (KFD) is a benign disease of unknown etiology characterized by lymphadenopathy and a fever. For the majority of patients with KFD, the course is self-limited; however, the optimum method of managing recurrent cases has not yet been established. We herein report a case of a 42-year-old Japanese woman with KFD (confirmed by a lymph node biopsy). Although high-dose prednisolone (PSL) rapidly induced remission, she experienced four recurrences on treatment tapering. Concomitant use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) with low-dose PSL induced continuous remission...
October 11, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016630/association-between-kidney-function-and-genetic-polymorphisms-in-atherosclerotic-and-chronic-kidney-diseases-a-cross-sectional-study-in-japanese-male-workers
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Yoko Kubo, Takahiro Imaizumi, Masahiko Ando, Masahiro Nakatochi, Yoshinari Yasuda, Hiroyuki Honda, Yachiyo Kuwatsuka, Sawako Kato, Kyoko Kikuchi, Takaaki Kondo, Masamitsu Iwata, Toru Nakashima, Hiroshi Yasui, Hideki Takamatsu, Hiroshi Okajima, Yasuko Yoshida, Shoichi Maruyama
BACKGROUND: Several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been implicated in the predisposition to chronic kidney disease (CKD). Atherosclerotic disease is deeply involved in the incidence of CKD; however, whether SNPs related to arteriosclerosis are involved in CKD remains unclear. This study aimed to identify SNPs associated with CKD and to examine whether risk allele accumulation is associated with CKD. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study using data of 4814 male workers to examine the association between estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and 59 candidate polymorphisms (17 CKD, 42 atherosclerotic diseases)...
2017: PloS One
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