Objective Macrovascular diseases and urgency incontinence are common among Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, little evidence exists regarding the association between stroke and urgency incontinence among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. We examined the associations between macrovascular complications and urgency incontinence among Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Methods The study subjects were 818 Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Urgency incontinence was defined as present when a subject answered "once a week or more" to the question: "Within one week, how often do you leak urine because you cannot defer the sudden desire to urinate?" We adjusted our analyses for sex, age, body mass index, duration of type 2 diabetes, current smoking, current drinking, hypertension, dyslipidemia, glycated hemoglobin, diabetic nephropathy, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Results The prevalence of urgency incontinence was 9.2%. Stroke was independently positively associated with urgency incontinence, with an adjusted odds ratio of 2.34 (95% confidence interval: 1.03-4.95). The associations between ischemic heart disease or peripheral artery disease and the prevalence of urgency incontinence were not significant.
Conclusion In Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, stroke, but not ischemic heart diseases or peripheral artery disease, was independently positively associated with urgency incontinence.
Objective The utility of detecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis in urine samples from patients with pulmonary tuberculous with diffuse small nodular shadows (suspected miliary tuberculosis (MTB)) is still unclear in Japan. A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate the detection rates of M. tuberculosis in urine of patients with suspected MTB.
Methods Among 687 hospitalized patients with tuberculosis, 45 with culture-confirmed suspected MTB and the data of culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for M. tuberculosis in urine and sputum samples were investigated. The detection rates of M. tuberculosis in urine using cultures and PCR were calculated. The detection rate of urine was then compared with that of bone marrow aspiration.
Results Fourteen patients with suspected MTB were ultimately analyzed. A diagnosis of miliary tuberculosis was suspected in all patients before anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy. Positive results by PCR (11 [78.6%] cases) and culture (8 [57.1%]) were obtained from urine samples. In patients with suspected MTB, there was no significant difference in the detection rates between M. tuberculosis in urine using a combination of PCR and culture (85.6% [12/14 cases]) and bone marrow aspiration (66.7% [8/12 cases]) (p>0.05).
Conclusion Using PCR and culture, we demonstrated high detection rates of M. tuberculosis in the urine of patients with suspected MTB. A combination of PCR and culture compared favorably with the detection rates achieved with bone marrow aspiration. We believe that detection of M. tuberculosis from urine and sputum samples may be easy and safe for patients with disseminated tuberculosis infections such as definitive MTB.
Objective Although previous studies have reported the prognostic factors for functional remission, no reports have cited the predictive factors. Our aim was to study the predictive factors for functional remission, which is a treatment goal in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), after receiving biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) treatment for six months.
Methods The study consisted of 333 RA patients treated with bDMARDs for six months. The following patient characteristics were investigated: age, gender, disease duration, type of bDMARDs, baseline steroid and methotrexate dosage, and levels of serum rheumatoid factor, matrix metalloprotease, anti-cyclic citrullinated peptides antibody, tumor necrosis factor-α, and interleukin-6. In our evaluation, we used the Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) for RA disease activity, health assessment questionnaire disability index (HAQ-DI) for activity of daily living, Short Form (SF)-36 for quality of life, and Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) or Self-rating Depression Scale (SDS) to determine the patients' depression status. The subjects were divided into two groups: patients with HAQ-DI≤0.5 and HAQ-DI>0.5 at 6 months.
Results A univariate analysis comparing a group of RA patients without functional remission (n=68) showed that the patients with functional remission (n=164) had the following in common compared with those without remission: younger age, shorter disease duration, lower baseline steroid dosage, lower SDAI, lower HAQ-DI, higher SF-36, and lower HAM-D. Only lower HAQ-DI scores and "mental health" score on the SF-36 were detected using a logistic regression analysis.
Conclusion These findings suggested that RA patients with lower HAQ-DI and lower depression scores at baseline were more likely to achieve functional remission using bDMARDs treatment than those without these variables.
Objective A better understanding of risk factors for pneumonia-caused death may help to improve the clinical management of dementia.
Methods A retrospective observational study was conducted by reviewing the medical charts and autopsy reports of 204 patients who were admitted to hospital, underwent a post-mortem examination, and who were neuropathologically diagnosed with dementia. The risk factors for pneumonia-caused death were examined both as underlying and immediate causes of death using logistic regression models.
Results A high frequency of pneumonia-caused death was observed both in underlying- (37.3%) and immediate- (44.1%) cause of death, but varied according to the subtypes of dementia. The factors related to pneumonia-caused death (underlying) were subtypes of dementia; Alzheimer's disease (odds ratio [OR], 2.891; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.459-5.730); argyrophilic grain disease (OR, 3.148; 95% CI, 0.937-10.577); and progressive supranuclear palsy (OR, 34.921; 95% CI, 3.826-318.775), dysphagia (OR, 2.045; 95% CI, 1.047-3.994), diabetes mellitus (OR, 3.084; 95% CI, 1.180-8.061) and conversely related with heart failure (OR, 0.149; 95% CI, 0.026-0.861). Factors relating to pneumonia-caused death (immediate) were incidence of pneumonia during hospitalizations (OR, 32.579; 95%CI, 4.308-246.370), gender-male (OR, 2.060; 95% CI, 1.098-3.864), and conversely related with malignant neoplasm (OR, 0.220; 95% CI, 0.058-0.840).
Conclusion The different factors relating to the pneumonia-caused death were evaluated depending on whether pneumonia was the underlying- or immediate-cause of death. Strengthening clinical management on dysphagia and diabetes mellitus, and preventing incidence of pneumonia during hospitalization appear to be the important for the terminal stage of hospitalized patients with dementia.
Gastric metastasis from ovarian cancer is exceptionally rare and generally occurs in advanced stages. A 71-year-old woman presented with a solitary gastric submucosal mass 8 years after the diagnosis of a stage IA ovarian serous adenocarcinoma. Endoscopy showed a tumor covered with normal gastric mucosa. Initially, a gastrointestinal stromal tumor was suspected, but biopsy revealed a histology of invasive micropapillary carcinoma, similar to the histological findings of the previously resected ovarian tumor. Clinicians should consider that in patients with a submucosal tumor and a history of ovarian cancer, gastric lesions may be secondary metastases from ovarian cancer.
Nanoparticle albumin-bound (nab)-paclitaxel has shown promising activity in advanced gastric cancer treatment. We herein report a case of advanced gastric cancer involving long-term management with a single administration of nab-paclitaxel. A 71-year-old man diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer with malignant ascites was treated with nab-paclitaxel as a second-line chemotherapy. He refused treatment continuation because of various severe toxicities in the first treatment cycle; he was therefore followed-up without any further treatments. Despite this, no disease progression was observed over 9 months. After progression, he received dose-dense paclitaxel, but he did not respond to this treatment and eventually died.
The management of chronic disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) caused by aortic dissection has not yet been established. Even in cases where surgical correction is performed, therapeutic control of systemic hemorrhaging is still required. We herein report the successful treatment of a case of aortic dissection with a patent false lumen using tranexamic acid for acute exacerbation of chronic DIC. Oral administration of 1,500 mg tranexamic acid per day stabilized the coagulative and fibrinolytic parameters and relieved bleeding tendencies with no side effects. Heparin was administered periodically for the management of hemodialysis. This favorable result continued for up to 3 years.
A 30-year-old Japanese man was diagnosed with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) with lupus anticoagulants (LAs) in 2003. He underwent pulmonary endarterectomy after the placement of an inferior vena cava filter (IVCF) in 2004, and treatment with warfarin was continued. In 2014, IVCF occlusion and marked collateral circulation were noted during an examination for transient dyspnea; however, his warfarin level was within the therapeutic range for 88.9% of the time from 2003 to 2014. We herein report a rare case of CTEPH and LAs with IVCF occlusion; in such cases, intense treatment may be required.
We herein report a case of Rosai-Dorfman disease (RDD) overlapping with IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD), which presented as diffuse interstitial lung disease with a perilymphatic pattern, followed by submandibular gland and eyelid swelling. The pathological findings of the submandibular gland biopsy specimen were indicative of IgG4-RD alone. We diagnosed the patient with RDD with overlapping IgG4-RD. However, the optimal method for differentiating between these two entities is still controversial. It is important that clinicians are aware that RDD should be included in the differential diagnoses of diffuse interstitial lung disease with a perilymphatic pattern and that RDD can overlap with IgG4-RD.
This report describes two patients with sporadic lymphangioleiomyomatosis complicated by protein-losing enteropathy (PLE). Imaging studies indicated retroperitoneal lymphangioleiomyomas and abnormalities of the adjacent digestive tract. Endoscopic mucosal biopsy revealed colonic lymphangiectasia in one patient; whereas the site in the other patient was intestinal. Treatment with sirolimus led to the complete resolution of PLE within several months; additionally, marked shrinkage was observed in the lymphangioleiomyomas of both cases. These findings suggest that colonic or intestinal lymphatic congestion due to neighboring lymphangioleiomyomas was the mechanism for the development of PLE. At the time of writing this report, the beneficial effect of sirolimus has lasted for more than 3 years.
A 61-year-old man with gigantism and acromegaly choked and fell into a coma. Immediate tracheal intubation resulted in a return of his consciousness. Enhanced computed tomography indicated that the trachea and left main bronchus were compressed by the thoracic spine and sternum. He required tracheotomy and positive end-expiratory pressure to maintain his pulmonary function. This is the first case of suffocation due to a thoracic deformity associated with acromegaly. Physicians should focus on clearing the tracheal airway using computed tomography to elucidate the anatomical relationship between the trachea and surrounding structures in acromegalic patients suffering from dyspnea.
A 30-year-old Vietnamese woman, about 19 weeks pregnant, was admitted for acute cerebral infarction with stenosis of the left middle cerebral artery (LMCA), tuberculous meningitis, and miliary tuberculosis. Treatment with heparin, quadruple anti-tuberculosis therapy, and dexamethasone afforded prompt symptomatic improvement. However, she delivered a stillbirth, after which there was recurrence of acute cerebral infarction with LMCA occlusion, sinus thrombosis, and cranial base inflammation. A thrice-weekly 100 mg dose of intrathecal isoniazid (INH) improved the signs of meningeal inflammation. The patient was discharged ambulatory after 7 months. In refractory tuberculous meningitis, multimodal therapy with intrathecal INH and steroids should be considered.
Recent findings have indicated a close relationship between myeloperoxidase antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (MPO-ANCA)-positive hypertrophic pachymeningitis and the limited form of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). In Japan, MPO-ANCA-positive hypertrophic pachymeningitis predominantly occurs in elderly individuals. We herein describe the cases of two patients with MPO-ANCA-positive hypertrophic pachymeningitis associated with the limited form of GPA who were successfully treated with a combination of corticosteroids and methotrexate. Although methotrexate has been shown to be less effective than cyclophosphamide for inducing the remission of GPA in patients with organ-threatening diseases, its safety and efficacy may make it a useful alternative treatment modality for patients with the limited form of GPA who show meningeal involvement.
A 61-year-old woman was admitted with severe hip pain causing immobility and high serum levels of inflammatory markers. The patient had a medical history of diabetes. She had been scheduled to undergo right hip replacement surgery for the treatment of osteoarthritis associated with gradually progressive pain. On admission, an enhanced abdominal computed tomography scan showed an abnormal increase in synovial fluid surrounding the right ilium, with piriformis muscle calcification. Subsequent blood and specimen cultures identified Campylobacter fetus subspecies fetus. This is a rare report of a case of myositis ossificans followed by C. fetus pyogenic arthritis of the hip.
Scedosporium prolificans is a fungus that has demonstrated resistance against most currently available antifungal agents and which causes a rapidly disseminating and potentially fatal infection. A 68-year-old woman presented with a fever and consolidation in the lung field. Her symptoms and inflammatory reaction did not improve despite treatment with tazobactam/piperacillin, meropenem, and micafungin. Scedosporium prolificans was detected from the patient's bronchial lavage fluid, and we initiated treatment with voriconazole. Voriconazole was effective in shrinking the consolidation and suppressing the inflammatory reaction. The residual lesion was surgically resected because of the risk of systemic dissemination. The patient is currently alive without relapse or dissemination.
Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is a genetic disease in which DNA repair mechanisms are impaired. Cisplatin (CDDP) exerts cytotoxic effects by forming mainly intrastrand DNA cross-links, and sensitivity to CDDP depends on the DNA repair system. Several in vitro studies have suggested that treatment with CDDP may cause enhanced adverse events as well as anti-tumor activity in cancer patients with XP. This article is the first to describe two cancer patients with XP showing severe adverse events following CDDP-based chemotherapy. Physicians should pay attention when administering CDDP in cancer patients with XP.