Tamiko Takemura

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    ABSTRACT: Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) is a refractory disorder that needs long-term antifungal treatment and occasionally results in fatal respiratory failure and hemoptysis. However, the pathological features of the disorder have not been thoroughly delineated. Thirty cases were therefore analyzed clinically and histologically to elucidate the pathophysiology of CPA. The subjects comprised 14 individuals that underwent surgical removal and 16 autopsy patients. No subject exhibited a severely immunocompromised state. Main symptoms included cough, hemosputum, and dyspnea. Chest CT findings revealed a cavity, cods of fungus, and consolidation and/or ground glass opacity (GGO). 27 serial CT scans showed enlarged consolidation and/or GGO (70%), dilatation of the cavity (26%), and extension to the opposite lung (32%). Histopathological findings revealed a cavity with ulceration, bronchitis, and various degrees of organizing pneumonia (OP) that were correlated with the area of consolidation and GGO of the CT scan. The essential pathophysiology of CPA can be understood as an active state of ulceration of the cavity and/or erosive bronchitis caused by contact with cods of fungus, which may play a significant role in the development of OP. Consequently, OP is thought to reflect respiratory failure which relates to the prognosis of CPA.
    07/2015; DOI:10.7883/yoken.JJID.2015.028
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    ABSTRACT: After pulmonary resection, patients with lung cancer who have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) have been reported to have higher pulmonary morbidity and mortality and poorer outcomes than patients without IPF. However, whether morbidity, mortality, and outcomes differ according to the subtype of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) remains unclear. The clinical records of 678 patients with non-small cell lung cancer who underwent pulmonary resection were reviewed retrospectively. A total of 103 patients had IIP and were classified into an IPF group and a non-IPF group in accordance with the 2011 statement. The IPF group comprised 46 patients, and the non-IPF group comprised 57. The 5-year survival rate was significantly higher in the non-IPF group (53.2%) than in the IPF group (22.1%; p = 0.0093). Cause of death was IIP-related respiratory failure in 26.1% (12 of 46) of the patients in the IPF group as compared with 7.0% (4 of 57) of patients in the non-IPF group (p = 0.008). Multivariate Cox analysis indicated that IPF was a significant predictor of long-term survival (hazard ratio 1.910, 95% confidence interval: 1.102 to 3.313; p = 0.021). Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is independently associated with poorer overall survival in patients with lung cancer who undergo pulmonary resection. The decision whether to perform surgery in patients who have lung cancer with IIP should therefore take into account the subtype of IIP and the poorer outcomes associated with IPF. Copyright © 2015 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    The Annals of thoracic surgery 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.03.094 · 3.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We herein present a case of pulmonary aluminosis diagnosed with in-air microparticle induced X-ray emission (in-air micro-PIXE) analysis. The diagnosis of pulmonary aluminosis was supported by the occupational exposure to aluminum, ground glass opacity and ill-defined centrilobular nodular opacities seen in high resolution CT, and respiratory bronchioles accompanied by pigmented dust by histological examination by in-air micro-PIXE analysis of the lung tissues. The possibility of developing this rare condition should not be underestimated in workers at high-risk jobs. This is an important report showing the usefulness of an in-air micro-PIXE analysis for the early diagnosis of aluminosis.
    Internal Medicine 01/2015; 54(16):2035-40. DOI:10.2169/internalmedicine.54.4246 · 0.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis (PPFE) is a rare form of interstitial pneumonia and sometimes coexists with a histologic usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) pattern. This study aimed to describe the distinct clinical features of PPFE with UIP pattern compared with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of the medical records of 110 consecutive patients with IPF with a histologic UIP pattern on surgical lung biopsy specimen. Patients meeting radiologic criteria for the diagnosis of PPFE based on high-resolution CT scan and with a histologic UIP pattern were included. RESULTS: Nine of eleven patients meeting radiologic criteria for the diagnosis of PPFE were histologically confirmed as having PPFE with UIP pattern. The PPFE with UIP pattern group showed a significantly higher residual volume (1.8 L vs 1.3 L, P<.01), higher Paco2 (44.6 mm Hg vs 41.7 mm Hg, P=.04), and higher complication rate of pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum than the 99 patients with IPF/UIP. The ratio of anteroposterior to transthoracic diameter in patients with PPFE with UIP pattern was significantly lower than that in patients with IPF/UIP (P=.04). Survival time tended to be shorter in patients with PPFE with UIP pattern. CONCLUSIONS: The results support the view that PPFE with UIP pattern is a disease entity distinct from IPF/UIP and may well be classified as PPFE.
    Chest 11/2014; 146(5):1248-55. DOI:10.1378/chest.13-2866 · 7.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background The different characteristics of usual interstitial pneumonia in patients with primary Sjögren׳s syndrome (UIP/pSS) compared with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (UIP/IPF) are not fully understood. This study aimed to compare characteristics, prognosis, and treatment responses in these patients. Methods Among 129 consecutive patients who underwent surgical lung biopsy to diagnose diffuse lung diseases at Kanagawa Cardiovascular and Respiratory Center between 1998 and 2002, we identified 10 and 19 patients with UIP/pSS and UIP/IPF, respectively. Baseline characteristics, chest high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and pathological findings, and the clinical course were compared between the two groups. Responses to immunosuppressive therapy were analyzed by comparing pulmonary function and clinical status before and one year after treatment initiation. Results More patients in the UIP/pSS group tended to be female and older than those in the UIP/IPF group (mean age, 68 years vs. 62 years). In addition, they more commonly exhibited enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes and bronchial wall thickening on HRCT. Pathologically, in the UIP/pSS group, interstitial inflammation, plasma cell infiltration, lymphoid follicles with germinal centers, cysts, bronchiolitis, and pleuritis were significantly more prominent, whereas smooth muscle hyperplasia and fibroblastic foci were milder (all P<0.05). The prognosis was better for UIP/pSS compared with UIP/IPF patients (P=0.01). In addition, immunosuppressive therapy provided better disease control for those with UIP/pSS (83%, 5/6) compared UIP/IPF (7%, 1/15). Conclusion This study identified distinct clinical, radiological, and pathological characteristics of UIP/pSS compared with UIP/IPF. Immunosuppressive treatment could be a therapeutic option for UIP/pSS.
    07/2014; 52(4). DOI:10.1016/j.resinv.2014.02.003
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    ABSTRACT: Background Clinical evaluation to differentiate the characteristic features of pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema is often difficult in patients with combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema (CPFE), but diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis is important for evaluating treatment options and the risk of acute exacerbation of interstitial pneumonia of such patients. As far as we know, it is the first report describing a correlation among clinical, radiological, and whole-lung pathological features in an autopsy cases of CPFE patients. Methods Experts retrospectively reviewed the clinical charts and examined chest computed tomography (CT) images and pathological findings of an autopsy series of 22 CPFE patients, and compared these with findings from 8 idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients and 17 emphysema-alone patients. Results All patients had a history of heavy smoking. Forced expiratory volume in 1 s/forced vital capacity (FEV1/FVC%) was significantly lower in the emphysema-alone group than the CPFE and IPF-alone groups. The percent predicted diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide (DLCO%) was significantly lower in the CPFE group than the IPF- and emphysema-alone groups. Usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) pattern was observed radiologically in 15 (68.2%) CPFE and 8 (100%) IPF-alone patients and was pathologically observed in all patients from both groups. Pathologically thick-cystic lesions involving one or more acini with dense wall fibrosis and occasional fibroblastic foci surrounded by honeycombing and normal alveoli were confirmed by post-mortem observation as thick-walled cystic lesions (TWCLs). Emphysematous destruction and enlargement of membranous and respiratory bronchioles with fibrosis were observed in the TWCLs. The cystic lesions were always larger than the cysts of honeycombing. The prevalence of both radiological and pathological TWCLs was 72.7% among CPFE patients, but no such lesions were observed in patients with IPF or emphysema alone (p = 0.001). The extent of emphysema in CPFE patients with TWCLs was greater than that in patients without such lesions. Honeycombing with emphysema was also observed in 11 CPFE patients. Conclusions TWCLs were only observed in the CPFE patients. They were classified as lesions with coexistent fibrosing interstitial pneumonia and emphysema, and should be considered an important pathological and radiological feature of CPFE.
    BMC Pulmonary Medicine 06/2014; 14(1):104. DOI:10.1186/1471-2466-14-104 · 2.49 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We herein describe the first case of desquamative interstitial pneumonia (DIP) induced by waterproofing spray, which was proven by a surgical lung biopsy. A 45-year-old male smoker heavily used a waterproofing spray gas, and presented with chills and fever that was followed by progressive dyspnea. Because steroid pulse therapy did not improve his symptoms, he was referred to our hospital. High-resolution chest CT showed diffuse pan-lobular ground-glass opacities in both lungs. A video-assisted thoracoscopic lung biopsy revealed a DIP pattern. Acute short-time exposure to waterproofing spray can thus be a potential cause of DIP.
    Internal Medicine 01/2014; 53(18):2107-10. DOI:10.2169/internalmedicine.53.2282 · 0.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We herein report two unusual cases of sarcoidosis presenting with similar subpleural reticular shadows predominantly in the lower lobes with quite different pathological findings. In one patient, the lower lobe specimen contained typical epithelioid cell granulomas with subpleural and paraseptal fibrosis. However, the other patient exhibited usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) in the lower lobe and sarcoidosis lesions in the upper lobe. Therefore, the latter patient was diagnosed with sarcoidosis complicated with UIP. Our results indicate that performing a surgical lung biopsy is necessary in order to provide appropriate management when lower lobe subpleural reticular shadows are present, even in patients with suspected sarcoidosis.
    Internal Medicine 01/2014; 53(5):455-60. DOI:10.2169/internalmedicine.53.0865 · 0.97 Impact Factor
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    01/2014; 34(1):55-62. DOI:10.7878/jjsogd.34.55
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    ABSTRACT: Interstitial lung disease associated with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS-ILD) shows several patterns such as nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) and usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP). Although UIP is a well-recognized prognostic determinant in idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, whether this is also the case in pSS-ILD is unclear. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the prognostic effect of UIP, and to identify the prognostic factors in pSS-ILD. A retrospective review of medical records identified 33 consecutive patients with pathologically-proven pSS-ILD. Each patient was classified into each ILD pattern by multidisciplinary analysis. Baseline clinical-radiologic-pathologic characteristics and survival rates were compared between the ILD patterns. Finally, the prognostic factors in pSS-ILD were assessed by univariate and subsequent multivariate analyses using Cox's proportional hazards regression model. pSS-ILD patients were diagnosed with NSIP (n = 22) or UIP (n = 11). The median follow-up period was 110 months, and five-year survival rate was 87.3% in the total patient population. The prognosis of the UIP patients was not significantly different from that of the NSIP patients (NSIP to UIP, hazard ratio [HR]: 0.77, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.18-3.36, P = 0.73). Multivariate analysis identified PaCO2 (HR: 1.68 per 1 Torr increase, 95% CI: 1.24-2.28, P < 0.01), extent of reticular abnormality on high-resolution CT (HR: 4.17 per 1-grade increment, 95% CI: 1.18-14.73, P = 0.03), and severity of fibroblastic foci (HR: 9.26 per 1-grade increment, 95% CI: 1.74-49.35, P < 0.01) as prognostic factors in pSS-ILD. UIP in pSS-ILD was not related to poorer prognosis than NSIP. Assessment of detailed clinical-radiologic-pathologic findings is more important than distinguishing UIP to evaluate prognosis in this disease.
    PLoS ONE 09/2013; 8(9):e73774. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0073774 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The imaging characteristics of cryptococcosis in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients were analyzed by comparing them with those of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and immunocompetent patients, and the imaging findings were correlated with pathological findings. Two radiologists retrospectively compared the computed tomographic (CT) findings of 35 episodes of pulmonary cryptococcosis in 31 patients with 3 kinds of underlying states (10 RA, 12 AIDS, 13 immunocompetent), focusing on the nature, number, and distribution of lesions. The pathological findings of 18 patients (8 RA, 2 AIDS, 8 immunocompetent) were analyzed by two pathologists, and then correlated with imaging findings. The frequencies of consolidation and ground glass attenuation (GGA) were significantly higher, and the frequency of peripheral distribution was significantly lower in the RA group than in the immunocompetent group. Peripheral distribution was less common and generalized distribution was more frequent in the RA group than in the AIDS group. The pathological findings of the AIDS and immunocompetent groups reflected their immune status: There was lack of a granuloma reaction in the AIDS group, and a complete granuloma reaction in the immunocompetent group, while the findings of the RA group varied, including a complete granuloma reaction, a loose granuloma reaction and a hyper-immune reaction. Cases with the last two pathologic findings were symptomatic and showed generalized or central distribution on CT. Cryptococcosis in the RA group showed characteristic radiological and pathological findings compared with the other 2 groups.
    European journal of radiology 08/2013; 82. DOI:10.1016/j.ejrad.2013.07.014 · 2.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Recent research has suggested that the Th1 and Th2 chemokine/cytokine axis contributes to the development of chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP). Acute exacerbations (AE) are significant factors in the prognosis of chronic HP. Little is known, however, about these biomarkers in association with AE in chronic HP patients. Methods Fifty-six patients with chronic HP were evaluated, including 14 patients during episodes of AE. Th1 mediators (C-X-C chemokine ligand [CXCL]10 and interferon [IFN]-γ), Th2 mediators (C-C chemokine ligand [CCL]17, interleukin-4, and interleukin-13), and pro-fibrotic mediator (transforming growth factor [TGF]-β) were measured to evaluate the mediators as predictors of AE. C-C chemokine receptor (CCR)4 (receptor for CCL17)-positive lymphocytes were quantified in lung specimens. Results Serum CCL17 levels at baseline independently predicted the first episode of AE (HR, 72.0; 95% CI, 5.03-1030.23; p = 0.002). AE was significantly more frequent in the higher-CCL17 group (≥285 pg/ml) than in the lower-CCL17 group (<285 pg/ml) (log-rank test, p = 0.0006; 1-year incidence: higher CCL17 vs. lower CCL17, 14.3% vs. 0.0%). Serum CCL17 levels and CCR4-positive cells during episodes of AE were increased from the baseline (p = 0.01 and 0.031). Conclusions Higher serum concentrations of CCL17 at baseline may be predictive of AE in patients with chronic HP, and CCL17 may contribute to the pathology of AE by inducing the accumulation of CCR4-positive lymphocytes in the lungs.
    Respiratory research 05/2013; 14(1):57. DOI:10.1186/1465-9921-14-57 · 3.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Onset of Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) in middle age is uncommon, and adults with renal or gastrointestinal involvement present with more severe disease than do similar pediatric patients. Case presentation We present the case of a 69-year-old male with HSP who, after treatment with steroids, cyclophosphamide, and continuous intravenous prostaglandin E1 (PGE1), died as a result of severe gastrointestinal involvement with non-occlusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI). Vascular narrowing associated with the NOMI improved after catheter injection of PGE1 and prednisolone, but the patient died of bleeding from an exposed small vessel. At autopsy there was no active vasculitis in the jejunal submucosa. Conclusion Treatment with PGE1 and prednisolone might improve small-vessel vasculitis associated with NOMI.
    BMC Research Notes 01/2013; 6(1):26. DOI:10.1186/1756-0500-6-26
  • Haigan 01/2013; 53(6):809-814. DOI:10.2482/haigan.53.809
  • 01/2013; 52(5):454-458. DOI:10.5795/jjscc.52.454
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    Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hematopathology 01/2013; 53(1):101-105. DOI:10.3960/jslrt.53.101
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    ABSTRACT: Background and objective: In some patients, desquamative interstitial pneumonia may progress to lung fibrosis. The aim of this study was to assess the long-term radiological follow-up results in patients with desquamative interstitial pneumonia. Methods: Among 75 patients suspected of having desquamative interstitial pneumonia, 31 who fulfilled the criteria were included in this study. Clinical characteristics at presentation, responses to treatment and long-term follow-up were evaluated. Results: The 31 patients were predominantly males (94%), and the mean age was 55 years; 93% (28/30) had a history of smoking. The clinical findings included high serum levels of lactate dehydrogenase and immunoglobulin G. Bronchoalveolar lavage (26 patients, 84% of cases) frequently showed an increased percentage of eosinophils (mean 17%). Computed tomography (CT) or high resolution (HR) CT at presentation showed ground glass opacities and/or consolidation in all patients, with one third of patients also showing thin-walled cysts within the ground glass opacities. There was no honeycombing on CT or HRCT scans at presentation. Corticosteroid therapy was effective early in the course of the disease; long-term follow-up (mean 99 months) of 31 patients showed only one death due to progression of the disease, but long-term follow-up of 14 patients (mean 125 months) by HRCT showed the development of new thin-walled cysts and honeycombing in five and lung cancer in four patients, respectively. Conclusions: In a proportion of patients, desquamative interstitial pneumonia may progress to lung fibrosis with honeycombing on HRCT, despite therapy.
    Respirology 07/2012; 17(8):1214-1221. DOI:10.1111/j.1440-1843.2012.02226.x · 3.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sarcoidosis likely results from the exposure of a genetically susceptible subject to an environmental agent, possibly an infectious one. Mycobacterial and propionibacterial organisms are the most commonly implicated potential etiologic agents. Propionibacterium acnes is the only microorganism, however, found in sarcoid lesions by bacterial culture. To evaluate the pathogenic role of this indigenous bacterium, we screened for the bacterium in sarcoid and non-sarcoid tissues using immunohistochemical methods with novel P. acnes-specific monoclonal antibodies that react with cell-membrane-bound lipoteichoic acid (PAB antibody) and ribosome-bound trigger-factor protein (TIG antibody). We examined formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded samples of lungs and lymph nodes from 196 patients with sarcoidosis, and corresponding control samples from 275 patients with non-sarcoidosis diseases. The samples were mostly from Japanese patients, with 64 lymph node samples from German patients. Immunohistochemistry with PAB antibody revealed small round bodies within sarcoid granulomas in 20/27 (74%) video-assisted thoracic surgery lung samples, 24/50 (48%) transbronchial lung biopsy samples, 71/81 (88%) Japanese lymph node samples, and 34/38 (89%) German lymph node samples. PAB antibody did not react with non-sarcoid granulomas in any of the 45 tuberculosis samples or the 34 samples with sarcoid reaction. In nongranulomatous areas, small round bodies detected by PAB antibody were found in alveolar macrophages of lungs and paracortical macrophages of lymph nodes from many sarcoid and some non-sarcoid patients. Large-spheroidal acid-fast bodies, Hamazaki-Wesenberg bodies, which were found in 50% of sarcoid and 15% of non-sarcoid lymph node samples, reacted with both PAB and TIG antibodies. Electron microscopy revealed that these Hamazaki-Wesenberg bodies had a single bacterial structure and lacked a cell wall with occasional protrusions from the body. The high frequency and specificity of P. acnes, detected by PAB antibody within sarcoid granulomas, indicates that this indigenous bacterium might be the cause of granuloma formation in many sarcoid patients.
    Modern Pathology 05/2012; 25(9):1284-97. DOI:10.1038/modpathol.2012.80 · 6.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Takemura T, Akashi T, Kamiya H, Ikushima S, Ando T, Oritsu M, Sawahata M & Ogura T (2012) Histopathology Pathological differentiation of chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis/usual interstitial pneumonia Aims:  To evaluate the histological characteristics differentiating chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis (chronic HP) with a usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP)-like pattern from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)/UIP. Methods and results:  Surgical lung biopsy specimens from 22 patients with chronic HP diagnosed as having a UIP-like pattern upon histological examination and 13 patients with IPF/UIP were examined and the incidences of bronchiolitis, perilobular fibrosis, centrilobular fibrosis, bridging fibrosis, organizing pneumonia, fibroblastic foci, honeycombing, granulomas, giant cells, lymphocytic alveolitis and lymphoid follicles were compared. Bronchiolitis, centrilobular fibrosis, bridging fibrosis, organizing pneumonia, granulomas, giant cells and lymphocytic alveolitis were significantly more frequent among patients with chronic HP than among patients with IPF (all P < 0.01). Conclusions:  Centrilobular fibrosis, bridging fibrosis and organizing pneumonia, in addition to bronchiolitis, granulomas and giant cells, are characteristic features of chronic HP with a UIP-like pattern. These features are therefore important in differentiating chronic HP from IPF/UIP, as management strategies differ for the two disorders.
    Histopathology 05/2012; 61(6). DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2559.2012.04322.x · 3.30 Impact Factor
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  • 2008–2015
    • Red Cross
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
  • 1986–2015
    • Japanese Red Cross
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 1984–2011
    • Japan Red Cross Fukuoka Hospital
      Hukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1988–2007
    • Tokyo Medical and Dental University
      • • Department of Integrated Pulmonology
      • • Department of Human Pathology
      • • Department of International Health Development
      • • Department of Pathology
      • • Faculty of Medicine
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 1998
    • Showa University
      Shinagawa, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 1992
    • St. Luke's International Hospital
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan