Internal Medicine
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Volume 39 , Issue 2
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  • Terue OKAMURA
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 85-86
    Published: 2000
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  • Masatoshi KUDO
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 87-88
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  • Shigeto KOBAYASHI, Soichiro ANDO
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 89
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  • Taira MAEKAWA, Takefumi ISHII
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 90-100
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    Recently, a close association between hematopoiesis and chemokines and their receptors has been demonstrated. Much attention has been focused on the regulation of hematopoiesis by chemokines, because of the possibility of direct consequence for clinical practice in cell therapies such as hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. This report reviews the physiological roles of chemokines and their receptors in the context of hematopoietic cell regulation, with particular focus on the involvement of stromal cell derived factor (SDF)-l/pre-B cell growth stimulating factor (PBSF) and its receptor CXCR4. The proliferation, differentiation, migration, and engraftment of hematopoietic stem cells are discussed, and thereby raise a number of unresolved problems and points-to-consider.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 90-100, 2000)
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  • Yuji HIROMATSU, Masatoshi ISHIBASHI, Hidemi NISHIDA, Seiya OKUDA, Ikuy ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 101-106
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    Objective To confirm the clinical significance of 99mTc-tetrofosmin imaging for the localization of hyperfunctioning parathyroid glands in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism.
    Methods All patients were imaged with 99mTc-tetrofosmin at 10 minutes and 2 hours after radiotracer injection, and with ultrasonography (US), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The parathyroid/thyroid uptake ratio of 99mTc-tetrofosmin (P/T uptake ratio) was calculated.
    Patients Twenty patients with primary hyperparathyroidism were referred to our clinic, underwent surgical neck exploration or mediastinotomy and were diagnosed as having parathyroid adenoma. These patients were investigated for the preoperative localization by 99mTc-tetrofosmin scintigraphy.
    Results 99mTc-tetrofosmin imaging demonstrated focal uptake in 19 out of 20 patients with parathyroid adenoma. Two of the lesions were ectopic. US identified 17 parathyroid glands. CT and MRI initially detected 17 parathyroid glands. However, two additional parathyroid glands were localized on repeated CT and MRI in tandem with the results of the 99mTc-tetrofosmin imaging. Thus, the sensitivity and specificity of tetrofosmin imaging were 95% (19/20) and 95% (19/20); US, 85% (17/20) and 94% (16/17); initial CT, 85% (17/20) and 94% (16/17); and initial MRI, 88% (17/20) and 94% (16/17), respectively. The P/T uptake ratio at 2 hours after tetrofosmin injection was correlated with the serum concentration of intact PTH (rs=0.47, p<0.05) and the resected tumor weight (rs=0.53, p<0.05).
    Conclusion 99mTc-tetrofosmin scintigraphy is useful for localization of parathyroid adenoma. Tetrofosmin uptake depends on the tumor weight and serum intact PTH levels.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 101-106, 2000)
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  • Makoto OKAMOTO, Fumihiro MITSUNOBU, Kozo ASHIDA, Takashi MIFUNE, Yasuh ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 107-111
    Published: 2000
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    Objective The effects of perilla seed oil (n-3 fatty acids) on bronchial asthma were compared with the effects of corn oil (n-6 fatty acids) in relation to the pulmonary function and the generation of leukotriene B4 (LTB4) and C4 (LTC4) by leucocytes.
    Methods and Subjects 14 asthmatic subjects were divided randomly into two groups: one group (7 subjects) consumed perilla seed oil-rich supplementation and the other group (7 subjects) consumed corn oil-rich supplementation for 4 weeks. Generation of LTs by leucocytes and respiratory function were compared between the two groups.
    Results The generation of LTB4 and LTC4 by leucocytes tended to increase in subjects (N=7) with corn oil-rich supplementation, and decrease in subjects (N=7) with perilla seed oil-rich supplementation. Significant differences between the two groups were observed in the generation of LTB4 at 2 weeks (p<0.05) and LTC4 at 2 weeks (p<0.05) after dietary supplementation. Significant increases in the value of PEF (p<0.05), FVC (p<0.01), FEV1.0 (p<0.05) and V25 (p<0.05) were found in subjects who received perilla seed oil supplementation for 4 weeks. And significant differences in the value of FVC (p<0.05) and FEV1.0 (p<0.05) were observed between the two groups after 4 weeks of dietary supplementation.
    Conclusion These results suggest that perilla seed oilrich supplementation is useful for the treatment of asthma in terms of suppression of LTB4 and LTC4 generation by leucocytes, and improvement of pulmonary function.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 107-111, 2000)
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  • Fumi MIZOROGI, Jun HIRAMOTO, Akiyo NOZATO, Yoshifusa TAKEKUMA, Kazuo N ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 112-117
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    Objective As a causative role of hepatitis C virus (HC V) in B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders (LPD) has been suggested by several reports, we investigated the prevalence of HCV infection among patients with LPD at our hospital with the aim of clarifying the clinical features and the outcome for HCV antibody-positive patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL).
    Methods Retrospective chart review.
    Patients A total of 123 patients with B-cell LPD (4 with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, 17 with multiple myeloma, and 100 with B-cell NHL), 38 patients with non-B-cell LPD (5 with adult T-cell lymphoma, 8 with Hodgkin's disease, and 25 with non-B-cell NHL) and 516 patients with miscellaneous diseases other than liver diseases or LPD (control) were studied.
    Results HCV infection was detected in 17 of 100 patients with B-cell NHL versus none of 25 patients with non-B-cell NHL (p=0.023) and in 34 patients (6.6%) in the control group with miscellaneous diseases (p=0.0011). In HCV-positive B-cell NHL, primary liver involvement was detected in 3 of 17 patients compared to none of 83 HCV-negative patients (p=0.0019). Intermediate-grade lymphoma (Working Formulation) was the most frequent histology. Eleven of 15 HCV-positive patients achieved complete remission after chemotherapy, and 6 of 7 deaths were caused by liver-related diseases.
    Conclusion The prevalence of HCV infection was higher in patients with B-cell NHL than in those with non-B-cell NHL and the control group. Primary liver involvement and liver-related causes of death were frequent in HCV-positive patients with B-cell NHL.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 112-117, 2000)
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  • Shin-ichi TERAO, Akio TAKEDA, Naofumi MIURA, Masayuki IZUMI, Eiichi IT ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 118-122
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    Objective It has been emphasized that amaurosis fugax (AmF) is caused by thromboembolism due to atheromatous lesions of the extracranial carotid artery (EC-CA) in Caucasian populations. However, there have been few studies of AmF in Japan. We analyzed the clinical and pathophysiologic features of AmF in 43 Japanese AmF patients.
    Subjects and Methods Forty-three patients presented with AmF from a group of 2, 056 Japanese patients with acute ischemic stroke. We investigated angiographic and transcranial Doppler findings, precipitating factors, medical treatment and prognosis, to elucidate the pathogenetic mechanism of AmF.
    Results Angiographic findings revealed an intracranial lesion in 22 patients (51%), extracranial lesion in 16 (37%), and no abnormality in 5 (12%). Blood flow in the ophthalmic artery (OA) examined by the transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) showed normal antegrade flow in 24 patients and reversed flow in 7. Precipitating factors for AmF were seen in 7 out of 43 patients. Regarding the pathogenesis of AmF, the micro-thromboembolism originated from the internal carotid artery (ICA) in 25 patients, the thromboembolism was via the external carotid artery (ECA) in 7, the hemodynamic retinal vascular insufficiency in 6 patients showed various atheromatous changes in the intracranial carotid artery (IC-CA) or EC-CA, and the cause was unknown in 5.
    Conclusion In this series of patients, AmF was mainly caused by thromboembolism from IC-CA atheromatous lesions. Micro-thromboemboli from the ECA or hemodynamic retinal vascular insufficiency, although less frequent, should also be considered as possible etiologies for AmF.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 118-122, 2000)
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  • Tomoko TAKIGAWA, Hitoshi YASUDA, Masahiko TERADA, Masakazu HANEDA, Ats ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 123-127
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    Objective To determine the possible role of anti-GM1 ganglioside antisera from patients with Gullain-Barré syndrome (GBS) or chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) in the development of nerve dysfunction.
    Methods The effect of the anti-GM1 antibody positive antisera obtained from 4 GBS patients and 1 CIDP patient on membrane potential and ionic currents in rat single myelinated nerve fibers was investigated using the voltage clamp technique and compared with that of the anti-GM1 negative antisera obtained from 3 healthy controls and 2 GBS patients.
    Results In the presence of active complement, anti-GM1 positive antisera from 5 patients including 4 GBS patients and 1 CIDP patient significantly suppressed Na* current more than anti-GM1 negative antisera.
    Conclusion This study supports the notion that anti-GM1 antibody is one of the causative factors of conduction abnormality in GBS patients.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 123-127, 2000)
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  • Kazue SON, Yasuyuki TOMITA, Takako SHIMIZU, Susumu NISHINARITA, Shigem ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 128-135
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    Objective To examine the relationship between serum levels of interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) and its gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from patients with polymyositis and dermatomyositis (PM/DM).
    Methods IL-1Ra levels in sera from patients and supernatants of unstimulated monocyte cultures were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Expression of IL-1Ra mRNA was analyzed by Northern blotting, and an 86-base pair variable repeat polymorphism in intron 2 of the IL-1Ra gene was determined by polymerase chain reaction.
    Results Serum IL-1Ra was significantly elevated in 27 patients with active-stage PM/DM when compared with levels in 16 patients with inactive-stage PM/DM and 19 normal controls. Serum concentrations of IL-1Ra were correlated with PM/DM disease activity. IL-1Ra mRNA was detected in freshly isolated PBMC from patients with activestage PM/DM, but not in controls. Moreover, IL-1Ra concentrations were increased significantly in unstimulated monocytes from patients with active-stage PM/DM compared with monocytes from normal controls. However, there were no significant differences in IL-1Ra allele frequencies between patients and normal controls.
    Conclusion Elevation of both IL-1Ra mRNA and protein in sera of patients with active-stage PM/DM suggest that higher levels of serum IL-1Ra may reflect increased IL-1Ra production in myositis, and that IL-1Ra may regulate IL-1-mediated muscle fiber damage in PM/DM.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 128-135, 2000)
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  • Koji YANO, Mayumi OHTSUBO, Takamitu MIZOTA, Hiroyuki KATO, Yoshihisa H ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 136-138
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    An 81-year-old Japanese woman visited our hospital because of abdominal discomfort. Physical examination revealed that she had an abdominal mass. A combination of ultrasonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and hepatic asialoglycoprotein scintigraphy was utilized to make a diagnosis. We found that she had a downward elongated hepatic lobe or Riedel's lobe which did not appear to be common in our district. The prevalence of Riedel's lobe in the Asian population has not been studied. Furthermore, this is the first report that describes the MRI and hepatic asialoglycoprotein scintigraphy features of Riedel's lobe of the liver.
    (Internal Medicine 39:136-138, 2000)
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  • Shin-ichiro HAYASHI, Mitsuaki ISOBE, Motonori HAYASHI, Hiroshi IMAMURA ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 139-142
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    A 72-year-old man presenting with the superior vena cava syndrome and intracardiac mass was admitted to our hospital. The mass was resected and confirmed to be invasive thymoma. Three years later, he was re-admitted with recurrence into the intracardiac space without any changes in the anterior mediastinum mass. The mass occupied the right atrial cavity and protruded into the right ventricle, causing right ventricular inflow tract obstruction. He underwent re-operation and irradiation. His postoperative course was uneventful, and he has remained alive. Invasive thymoma with intracardiac extension is extremely rare.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 139-142, 2000)
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  • Kazuo HARA, Kazuyuki TOBE, Yasuko UCHIGATA, Makoto NAKAZONO, Kazuki YA ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 143-145
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    A 45-year-old Japanese man was referred to our hospital because of hyperglycemia despite the administration of as much as 120 U/day of human insulin. He had no history of injecting animal insulin. Free insulin was below 5 μU/ml, but a high liter of total insulin (about 3, 000 μU/ml) was observed, suggesting the presence of antibodies against human insulin. Scatchard analysis showed an increased insulin binding capacity in the plasma characterized by a higher affinity for insulin. He was successfully treated by cessation of insulin administration. A Scatchard analysis series showed that a reduction in the insulin binding capacity of antibodies paralleled the improvement in glycemic control.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 143-145, 2000)
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  • Seijiro KADO, Jiro MIYAMOTO, Norie KOMATSU, Yoshiki IWAKI, Hirofumi OZ ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 146-149
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    A 57-year-old man was referred to our outpatient clinic after interferon-β (IFN-β) treatment for 7 weeks. While IFN-β therapy was continued in our outpatient clinic, his blood glucose level increased gradually, and he was admitted to our hospital for hyperglycemia. The patient was prescribed a 1, 600-kcal diet and intensive insulin therapy was performed. GAD antibody became positive 15 months after the start of IFN therapy, and disappeared 27 months after the start of IFN therapy. Insulin secretion was depleted and the patient had HLA-DR4, B54, and DRB1*0405. This appears to be a case of type 1 diabetes mellitus induced by administration of IFN-β alone.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 146-149, 2000)
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  • Kazutaka NISHITARUMIZU, Yasuharu TOKUDA, Hajime UEHARA, Masaaki TAIRA, ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 150-153
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    A 47-year-old man was admitted to our hospital for community-acquired pneumonia complicated with acute renal failure. Legionella pneumophila serogroup type 1 was grown in BCYE (buffered charcoal yeast extract) agar for sputum culture. Although his respiratory illness responded to intravenous erythromycin therapy, renal failure worsened and necessitated hemodialysis. Renal biopsy showed profound tubulointerstitial nephritis. After initiation of steroid therapy his renal function improved and he was discharged thereafter. These findings suggest that in Legionnaires' disease with acute renal failure, tubulointerstitial nephritis should also be considered and steroid therapy may be an effective modality for the renal complication.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 150-153, 2000)
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  • Yasuyo TAKESHITA, Nobuyoshi TAKAGI, Akio YAMADA, Takashi AIKAWA, Satos ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 154-156
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    A 55-year-old woman who had been treated for diabetes mellitus for twenty-five years developed interstitial pneumonia and rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN). The findings of light microscopy revealed fibrocellular crescent formation in all glomeruli and infiltration of lymphoid cells in interstitium. There were no deposits in the intracapillary area and mesangial area on both immunofluorescence and electron microscopy. Her interstitial pneumonia improved with pulse therapy of methylprednisolone and her hematuria disappeared with mix treatment of cyclophosphamide and double filtration plasmapheresis (DFPP). Her serum creatinine level improved from 2.2 mg/dl to 1.5 mg/dl. Interstitial pneumonia and hematuria did not recur at twelve months after the first hospitalization. This report presents a rare case with RPGN associated with diabetes mellitus who recovered with combination therapy of cyclophosphamide, steroid and DFPP.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 154-156, 2000)
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  • Toshitaka MAENO, Yuri MAENO, Yoshichika SANDO, Takashi TAKAHASHI, Hiro ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 157-159
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    In this case of acute eosinophilic pneumonia (AEP), eosinophils with hypersegmented nuclei emerged in the blood before the increase of eosinophil count. An 18-year-old woman complaining of fever, cough and dyspnea was admitted because of diffuse ground-glass opacities in her chest roentgenogram. On admission, her blood cell count revealed a marked increase of neutrophils. Although the number of eosinophils was normal, some of them contained three- or four-lobed nuclei. She was diagnosed to have AEP through bronchoal veolar lavage and transbronchial lung biopsy. The combination with acute clinical course, pulmonary infiltration and the presence of hypersegmented eosinophils in blood may imply the diagnosis of AEP.
    (Internal Medicine 39:157-159, 2000)
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  • Yasunari MIYAZAKI, Hiroyuki SAKASHITA, Takehiko TANAKA, Katsuhiko KAME ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 160-162
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    A 51-year-old female was admitted to our hospital because of fever, cough, and hemoptysis. A chest radiograph showed a partial collapse of the left upper division and infected bullae in the left upper lobe. Bronchoscopic examination showed thick mucous plugs in the left upper bronchus. The isolates of the plugs proved to be Schizophyllum commune. Neither accumulation of eosinophils nor Charcot-Leyden crystals were present in the plugs. Mild ectatic changes of the left upper bronchus had been observed 17 years previously. We describe the first case of mucoid impaction, which was independent of the immunological reactions, caused by S. commune in association with bronchiectasis.
    (Internal Medicine 39:160-162, 2000)
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  • Tomoaki IWANAGA, Takako HIROTA, Togo IKEDA
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 163-165
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    A 46-year-old man developed respiratory distress with air leak syndrome (ALS), including pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, and subcutaneous emphysema. Open lung biopsy was performed and revealed the histopathologic evidence of bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP), which responded well to steroid treatment. As far as we know, this appears to be the first case of BOOP presenting with ALS as one of its major complications.
    (Internal Medicine 39:163-165, 2000)
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  • Makoto TAJIMA, Hitoshi ARIOKA, Junichi NAKANO, Takashi MIYASAKA, Machi ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 166-169
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    A 76-year-old HTLV-I-positive male with acute cerebellar ataxia was suffering from dyspnea on exertion. Chest CT suggested interstitial pneumonitis. Methylprednisolone pulse therapy improved his symptoms and chest CT findings. Twelve months after discharge, when the prednisolone dose was tapered to 5 mg every other day, his lung lesion recurred. The lesion responded initially to steroid therapy. However, hypoxemia intractable to steroid pulse therapy developed and the patient died of respiratory failure. The autopsy revealed diffuse alveolar hemorrhage with no finding of vasculitis. This is the first case report of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage in an HTLV-I carrier.
    (Internal Medicine 39:166-169, 2000)
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  • Keiko ANDO, Makoto YAGUCHI, Seiichi OKABE, Keisuke MIYAZAWA, Kazuma OH ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 170-175
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    A 72-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of lumbago and numbness of legs. Tumor invasion at the fourth lumbar vertebra was revealed. Immunohistochemistry using specific antibodies against each heavy and light chain of immunoglobulin revealed that the myeloma cells in bone marrow were all IgA-λ type whereas they were all positive for IgG-κ type in a tumor of the fourth lumbar vertebra. These data indicate that the patient had IgG-κ/IgA-λ biclonal myeloma. Different phenotypes of M-proteins and distinct proliferating sites for two clones suggest that they may have resulted from two independent transforming events.
    (Internal Medicine 39:170-175, 2000)
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  • Jun-ichi SATOH, Yuh-ichiro EGUCHI, Takefumi NARUKIYO, Toshihiko MIZUTA ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 176-181
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    We describe a 61-year-old man presenting with necrotizing myopathy associated with chronic active hepatitis due to hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Thirteen patients with HCV-associated myopathy have been reported previously. In most of these cases, varying degrees of inflammatory changes were observed in the muscle tissue. In 2 patients, myopathy developed after initiation of interferon therapy for chronic HCV hepatitis. Our case was unusual due to long-standing elevation of creatine kinase values which improved following interferon therapy and the non-inflammatory features of the muscle tissue where the HCV RNA minus strand, a marker for replicative intermediates of the virus, was undetectable. The association of myopathy with HCV infection might represent a unique clinical entity, although the underlying pathological mechanisms remain unknown.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 176-181, 2000)
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  • Yuko SHIMAMOTO, Hajime SUGIYAMA, Shunsei HIROHATA
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 182-184
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    A 22-year-old Japanese man developed polyarthritis with fever and urethritis. He was diagnosed as Reiter's syndrome since he was found to have uveitis and persistent aseptic pyuria. Although, he was negative for HL A-B27 or any other HLA-B27 cross-reactive MHC class I antigens, he was positive for HLA-B51. The laboratory examination showed significant elevation of serum IgG and IgA anti-Chlamydia antibodies. He was successfully treated with a combination of doxycycline, naproxen, salazosulfapyridine and methotrexate with a decrease in IgG and IgA anti-Chlamydia antibodies. Previous studies provided evidence that HLA-B51 itself might be involved in the development of Behçet's disease, which shares common features with Reiter's syndrome, such as uveitis, skin lesions, and polyarthritis. It is therefore suggested that combination of Chlamydia infection and HLA-B51 might play a role in the pathogenesis of Reiter's syndrome in our patient.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 182-184, 2000)
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  • Shinichi ISHIOKA, Akihiro MAEDA, Yasuyo JOUGASAKI, Keiko HIYAMA, Michi ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 185-187
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    Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis associated with psoriasis. While an elevated incidence of lung cancer has been observed in patients with RA or psoriasis, there has been no report of psoriatic arthritis associated with lung cancer. We here report the first case of psoriatic arthritis which developed lung cancer. In this case, it was suspected that a combination of cigarette smoking, pulmonary fibrosis, and low-dose methotrexate therapy might have promoted the development of lung cancer.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 185-187, 2000)
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  • Masafumi SEKI, Shigefumi MAESAKI, Kohji HASHIGUCHI, Yumiko TOMIYAMA, K ...
    2000 Volume 39 Issue 2 Pages 188-190
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    Aspergillus DNA was detected by PCR in the serum sample of a 78-year-old man and galactomannan antigen of Aspergillus by sandwich ELISA was found. However, the infiltrative hyphae were not detected by the histopathologic examination of the lung. He developed hemoptysis, which required embolization of bronchial arteries. Aspergillus fumigatus was isolated from blood samples after embolization by the lysis centrifugation method. To our knowledge, this is probably the first case in which Aspergillus spp. has been isolated from the systemic circulatory blood in a patient with pulmonary aspergilloma after embolization.
    (Internal Medicine 39: 188-190, 2000)
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