[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To assess the value of a new test for the diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, Rapirun(®) H. pylori Antibody Stick (Rapirun(®) Stick), in a Vietnamese population.
Eligible patients without previous history of H. pylori eradication were recruited. Rapid urease test (RUT) and histologic examination were used to diagnose the H. pylori infection. Patients were considered H. pylori positive when the RUT results were positive and/or the bacteria were detected histologically. Rapirun(®) Stick tests were performed using urine samples, and the results were compared with the other 2 methods.
We enrolled 200 patients with a mean age of 36 (range, 18-76) years. There were 116 females and 84 males. Of the 200 patients, 111 (55.5%) were diagnosed as being H. pylori positive. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of the Stick test were 84.7%, 89.9%, and 87.0%, respectively. There were 17 (8.5%) false-negative patients and 9 (4.5%) false-positive patients.
The Rapirun(®) Stick test has high sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for the diagnosis of H. pylori infection in the Vietnamese population. The test can be clinically applied in Vietnamese populations.
World Journal of Gastroenterology 05/2014; 20(17):5087-91. · 2.55 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Advances in diagnostic techniques have allowed early stage detection of superficial Barrett's adenocarcinoma (SBA) as well as resection by endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD). Few reports exist, however, on the safety and efficacy of ESD for SBA.
To analyze outcomes of ESD for SBA in relation to clinicopathological features of the lesions.
Twenty-three patients (21 men, 2 women; mean age, 63 years) with 26 SBAs.
We examined outcomes of ESD in relation to the clinicopathological features of SBAs. The main outcomes assessed were en bloc resection rate, operation time, adverse event rates, additional resection rate, and time between ESD and any recurrence.
Twenty lesions (87%) derived from short-segment Barrett's esophagus, and 3 lesions (13%) derived from long-segment Barrett's esophagus. The majority of SBAs (54%) were located in the 0 to 3 o'clock circumferential quadrant. Median tumor size was 15 mm (range 5-60 mm). Macroscopic types were flat elevated (n = 13, 50%), depressed (n = 12, 46%), and protruded (n = 1, 4%). The SBAs appeared red (n = 23, 88%) or normally pale (n = 3, 12%). Under magnifying narrow-band imaging, all SBAs showed an irregular mucosal pattern and an irregular vascular pattern. The endoscopic en bloc resection rate was 100% (26/26), and the pathological en bloc resection rate was 85% (22/26). The median procedure time was 95 minutes (range, 30-210 minutes). Delayed bleeding occurred in 1 case, but there was no perforation. The SBAs were of the differentiated type (n = 25, 96%) or poorly differentiated type (n = 1, 4%). The tumor had invaded the superficial muscularis mucosa (n = 3, 12%), lamina propria mucosa (n = 5, 19%, deep muscularis mucosa (n = 9, 34%), SM1 (n = 3, 12%), and SM2 (n = 6, 23%). Additional surgical resection after ESD was performed in 9 cases, and there were no residual tumors, but 1 lymph node metastasis was found. There were no recurrent tumors; however, 1 metachronous adenocarcinoma was diagnosed 42 months after ESD.
Single-center, retrospective study.
ESD appears to be a safe and effective treatment strategy for early stage SBA.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hyperplastic/serrated polyposis syndrome (HPS) is a condition of multiple hyperplastic/serrated colorectal polyps. The risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) is increased in HPS. The clinicopathologic characteristics of HPS in Japanese are unknown. The aim of this study is to clarify the clinicopathologic features of HPS in Japanese patients.
We retrieved records of patients with HPS diagnosed between April, 2008 and March, 2011 from the endoscopy database of Hiroshima University Hospital. In addition, we mailed a questionnaire to the hospital's 13 affiliated hospitals in July 2012.We collected data from the database and questionnaires included patient age, sex, number of hyperplastic/serrated polyps and tubular adenomas, size of the largest polyp, polyp location, resection for polyps, co-existence of HPS with CRC, and the WHO criterion met.
Of the 73,608 patients who underwent colonoscopy, 10 (0.014%) met the criteria for HPS. Mean age of these patients was 58.3 years, and 6 (60%) were men. No subjects had a first-degree relative with HPS. Four (40%) HPS patients had more than 30 hyperplastic/serrated polyps, and average size of the largest polyp was 19 mm. Three (30%) HPS patients had co-existence of HPS with CRC. In these 3 patients, polyps were observed throughout the colorectum.
Although HPS is considered to be a rare condition in the overall study population, the disease may have high risk of CRC. HPS should be diagnosed correctly and followed up carefully.
Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 06/2013; · 3.33 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study examined changes in body mass index (BMI), fasting blood sugar (FBS), total cholesterol (TC) and HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) levels over a 24-year follow-up period in a pediatric cohort. An appropriate starting age for intervention to prevent cardiovascular diseases is still unclear. The subjects were 655 children, aged 10-12. A follow-up survey was conducted when the subjects reached ages 13-15, 16-18, and 35-45, respectively, and height, weight, and blood tests including FBS, TC and HDL-C were examined. Forty (6%) of these subjects participated. BMI at ages 35-45 were significantly higher than those at ages 10-12 (p < 0.0001), 13-15 (p < 0.001), and 16-18 (p < 0.001). TC levels at ages 35-45 were significantly higher than at ages 10-12 (p < 0.0001), 13-15 (p < 0.0001), and 16-18 (p < 0.0001). BMI at the end of the follow-up (ages 35-45) had a significant correlation with BMI at ages 13-15 (R = 0.38, p = 0.041) and 16-18 (R = 0.41, p = 0.049). TC and HDL-C values at the end of the follow-up had a significant correlation with those at ages 10-12 (R = 0.55, p = 0.0004; R = 0.55, p = 0.016), 13-15 (R = 0.35, p = 0.045; R = 0.42, p = 0.015), and 16-18 (R = 0.47, p = 0.019; R = 0.44, p = 0.028). These results may suggest that intervention for children in Japan with cardiovascular risk factors should be initiated in the early years of life.
Hiroshima journal of medical sciences 12/2012; 61(4):85-9.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The severity of endoscopic gastric atrophy (EGA), high-stage Operative Link on Gastritis Assessment (OLGA) gastritis (i.e., stage III or IV), and extensive intestinal metaplasia (IM) with incomplete subtype have been separately reported as high-risk factors of gastric cancer (GC). The aim of this study was to evaluate the associations between these endoscopic and pathologic characteristics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 280 patients with functional dyspepsia at the University Medical Center at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Biopsies were taken according to the updated Sydney System. EGA was assessed according to the Kimura-Takemoto classification, and gastritis stage was assessed according to the OLGA system. RESULTS: All of patients with high-stage OLGA gastritis (i.e., stage III or IV) clustered in the subgroup of patients with moderate-to-severe EGA: 13/126 (10.3%) in patients with moderate-to-severe EGA versus 0/154 (0%) in patients with none-to-mild EGA (p < .001). Moderate-to-severe EGA was also significantly associated with extensive IM (p < .001, OR = 28.1 (CI 95% 6.4-173.3)) and incomplete IM subtype (p < .001, OR = 36.7 (CI 95% 5.1-742.1). Extensive IM was also associated with incomplete IM subtype (p = .01). CONCLUSIONS: High-stage OLGA gastritis, extensive IM with incomplete subtype clustered in patients with moderate-to-severe EGA. Assessing the severity of EGA could potentially help to identify patients who should be taken systemic biopsy for evaluating GC risk.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Whether submucosal fibrosis is related to ulceration and affects the outcome of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for early gastric cancer (EGC) is unknown. This study aimed to determine ESD outcome in relationship to degree of submucosal fibrosis of gastric epithelial neoplasms and to identify factors predictive of submucosal fibrosis. METHODS: Eight hundred ninety-one patients with 1,027 gastric epithelial neoplasms were treated by ESD from April 2005 to January 2011. Complete en bloc resection and perforation rates in relationship to degree of submucosal fibrosis (F0, no fibrosis; F1; mild fibrosis; F2, severe fibrosis) were determined during ESD, as well as degree of concordance between endoscopically observed ulceration and pathologically determined ulceration and pathological fibrosis stained with Masson's trichrome. RESULTS: The complete en bloc resection rate was significantly low and the perforation rate was high for F2 versus F0/F1 tumors. Ulceration, tumor size ≥30 mm, and depressed histological type were independent risk factors for severe (F2) fibrosis. No fibrosis (F0) was observed in 77 % (732/951) of endoscopically negative ulceration cases, whereas fibrosis was observed in 100 % (76/76) of endoscopically positive cases. Masson trichrome staining was weak in 97 % (710/732) of F0, moderate in 85 % (181/214) of F1, and strong in 100 % (81/81) of F2 cases. CONCLUSIONS: Histopathological type of submucosal fibrosis predicts outcome of ESD for EGC. Endoscopic indications of F2 submucosal fibrosis are ulceration, tumor ≥30 mm, and macroscopic depression.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Endoscopic detection of superficial squamous epithelial lesions of the pharynx has increased. OBJECTIVE: To clarify the association between macroscopic and histologic characteristics of intraepithelial pharyngeal neoplasias, and to evaluate the effectiveness of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for their treatment. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of the features of high-grade dysplasia or carcinoma in situ (HGD/CIS) versus low-grade dysplasia (LGD) and of ESD-based outcomes. SETTING: Endoscopy department at a university hospital. PATIENTS: Fifty-one patients with 66 lesions treated by ESD from November 2007 to March 2011. RESULTS: Primary hypopharyngeal lesions were significantly more frequent in HGD/CIS than in LGD (54.1% vs 20.7%, P = .011), and oropharyngeal lesions were significantly less frequent in HGD/CIS (45.9% vs 79.3%, P = .011). HGD/CIS lesions were significantly larger than LGD lesions (median 8 mm vs 4 mm, P < .01). Morphologically, type 0-IIa was significantly more frequent in HGD/CIS lesions than in LGD lesions (37.8% vs 3.4%, P < .001), and type 0-IIb was significantly less frequent in HGD/CIS lesions (59.5% vs 96.6%, P < .001). The type IV intraepithelial papillary capillary loop pattern was significantly less frequent in HGD/CIS lesions than in LGD lesions (27.0% vs 55.2%, P = .025), and type V-2 was significantly more frequent in HGD/CIS lesions (18.9% vs 0%, P = .015). The en bloc resection rate was 97%. No serious complications occurred. There were no recurrent or metachronous tumors in the 41 patients followed for more than 1 year (median follow-up 27 months). LIMITATIONS: Retrospective design and single-center study. CONCLUSIONS: HGD/CIS and LGD differ in various clinical features. ESD appears to be an effective treatment for pharyngeal intraepithelial neoplasias.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The 2010 Japanese Gastric Cancer Association guidelines for the treatment of submucosal invasive gastric cancer (SM-GC) specify size 30 mm or less, differentiated-dominant histology, lack of vessel involvement, and submucosal invasion of less than 500 μm (SM1) as expanded criteria for curative endoscopic resection. Our purpose in this study was to confirm the validity of the expanded indications for curative endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) of SM-GC.
The study subjects were 173 patients with SM-GC resected by ESD at Hiroshima University Hospital between April 2002 and September 2010, including 99 patients for whom 3-plus years' follow-up information was available. Post-ESD outcomes were compared between cases of SM1-GC that met the expanded ESD criteria, those that did not, and SM2-GC cases.
Complete resection was achieved for 93.2% of the SM1-GCs that met the expanded criteria. There was neither metastasis to lymph nodes or other organs nor local recurrence among the SM1-GCs. Disease-specific survival did not differ significantly between patients that were simply followed up after ESD and those that were treated by additional surgical resection.
Our outcome data support the clinical validity of ESD without additional surgical resection for SM1-GCs that meet the expanded criteria.
Gastric Cancer 07/2011; 15(1):97-105. · 3.99 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Serrated adenomas (SAs), recently subdivided into traditional SAs (TSAs) and sessile SAs (SSAs), are recognized as a distinct form of neoplasia of the colorectum. One of the characteristics of SAs is hypermaturation of the gland epithelium due to the low extent of cell loss by apoptosis. Mutations of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are closely associated with abnormality in apoptosis. We therefore examined mtDNA mutations in colorectal lesions including hyperplastic polyps (HPs), SSAs, TSAs, and carcinomas.
Examined were 25 HPs, 32 SSAs, 19 TSAs, and 138 carcinomas. The D310 region of the mtDNAs was examined by microsatellite assay.
mtDNA mutations were detected in none of 25 (0%) HPs, one of 32 (3%) SSAs, six of 19 (32%) TSAs, and eleven of 133 (8%) carcinomas (five of the 138 carcinomas were not informative). The frequency of mtDNA mutations in the TSAs was significantly higher than that in the HPs, SSAs, and carcinomas (P = 0.004, P = 0.008, and P = 0.009, respectively). The frequency of mtDNA mutations in carcinomas was not significantly higher than that in HPs and SSAs (P = 0.14 and P = 0.28, respectively).
Our data suggest that mtDNA mutations may play an important role in the development of TSAs and could be used as a genetic marker to aid in the diagnosis of colorectal lesions.
Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 06/2011; 26(10):1565-9. · 3.33 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To examine the frequency and prevention of musculoskeletal pain in Japanese gastrointestinal endoscopists and non-endoscopist physicians.
Questionnaires were sent to 275 endoscopists and 173 non-endoscopists working in Hiroshima University Hospital and its affiliated hospitals.
The completed questionnaires were returned by 190 (69%) endoscopists and 120 (69%) non-endoscopists. The frequency of pain in the hand and wrist, and especially the left thumb, was significantly higher in endoscopists than in non-endoscopists (17% vs 6%, P = 0.004). Using multivariate analysis, the only significant factor associated with this pain was the age of the endoscopist (odds ratio 2.77, 95% confidence interval, 1.23-6.71, P = 0.018). Interestingly, endoscopists had made significantly fewer modifications to their endoscopic practices than non-endoscopists (12% vs 33%, P < 0.0001) to prevent pain.
Pain in the hand and wrist may be endoscopy-related. However, endoscopists made little modifications in practice to prevent such pain. More attention to prevention appears necessary.
World Journal of Gastroenterology 03/2011; 17(11):1488-93. · 2.55 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Whether multiple esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) in a patient develop through an identical genetic pathway is still unclear. We examined multiple esophageal SCCs for alterations of p53, p16, IRF and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and microsatellite instability (MSI). Thirty patients with multiple superficial esophageal SCCs, 23 with double lesions and 7 with triple lesions, were enrolled. Loss of heterozygosity (LOH) of p53 (TP53), p16 (D9S171), IRF (IRF) and other microsatellite loci including D1S191, D17S858, D18S58 and D18S61 of the tumors was examined by microsatellite assay. Mutations of p16 and mtDNA were examined with PCR single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis. LOH of p53, p16 and IRF were detected in 16 of 50 (32%), 5 of 38 (13%) and 5 of 48 (10%) tumors, respectively. Mutations of p16 were detected in 4 of 67 (6%) tumors. Six of 67 (9%) tumors had mtDNA alterations and none of the tumors showed high-frequency MSI. All 30 patients showed one or more gene alterations in one or more genetic loci. Discordant genetic patterns among individual lesions within a patient were observed in 28 of the 30 (93%) patients. The most discordant locus was TP53, present in 11 of 29 (38%) informative cases, followed by D18S61, present in 11 of 30 (37%) informative cases. These results suggest that the genetic pathways of multiple esophageal SCCs may differ even within the same patient.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the treatment of superficial esophageal tumors (SET), en bloc histologically-complete resection reduces the risk of local recurrence. Endoscopic oblique aspiration mucosectomy (EOAM) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) have been applied to resect SET. The aim of this study was to retrospectively determine whether ESD is more advantageous than EOAM for SET.
In the present study, there was a total of 122 patients in whom 162 SET were resected endoscopically at Hiroshima University Hospital. EOAM (83 lesions/63 patients) or ESD (79 lesions/59 patients) was performed. En bloc histologically-complete resection rates, operation time, complications, and the local recurrence rate were studied.
In SET > 20 mm, the en bloc histologically-complete resection rate was significantly higher with ESD than with EOAM (94% vs 42%, P < 0.001). In SET of 16-20 mm, the rate tended to be higher with ESD than with EOAM (100% vs 81%, P = 0.08). In SET < 15 mm, the rates did not differ significantly between groups. The average operation time was significantly longer for ESD than for EOAM, regardless of tumor size (49.7 ± 33.0 min vs 19.1 ± 6.1 min, P < 0.001). Complication rates did not differ significantly between groups. The local recurrence rate was significantly lower with ESD than with EOAM (0%, mean observation period: 18.9 months vs 9%, mean observation period: 30.7 months, P = 0.03).
Although increased operation time with ESD remains problematic, SET > 15 mm should be treated with ESD to reduce local recurrence. In lesions ≤ 15 mm, EOAM might be preferable, especially in high-risk patients.
Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 02/2011; 26(2):275-80. · 3.33 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A water-soluble extract from a cultured medium of Ganoderma lucidum mycelia (MAK) is one of the G. lucidum extracts that has been reported to show have exhibit cancer-preventive effects in the animal studies. To confirm cancer-preventive effects of MAK, we performed a no-treatment concurrent controlled trial on patients with colorectal adenomas. Patients who were determined to be carrying colorectal adenomas by colonoscopy were enrolled in this study. Patients in the MAK group took MAK (1.5 g/day) for 12 months. Follow-up colonoscopy was performed after 12 months, and the colonoscopists recorded the size, site and macroscopic type of all adenomas. Among 123 patients who enrolled in the MAK group, 96 eligible patients completed the trial. The 102 eligible patients in the no-treatment control group were selected randomly from our department's patients. The changes in the number of adenomas up to 12 months increased to 0.66 +/- 0.10 (mean +/- SE) in the control group, while decreasing in the MAK group to -0.42 +/- 0.10 (p < 0.01). The total size of adenomas increased to 1.73 +/- 0.28 mm in the control group and decreased to -1.40 +/- 0.64 mm in the MAK group (p < 0.01). The resultssuggest that MAK suppresses the development of colorectal adenomas - precancerous lesions of the large bowel.
Hiroshima journal of medical sciences 03/2010; 59(1):1-6.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The presence of multiple Lugol-voiding lesions (LVLs) in the esophageal mucosa can indicate a high risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) as well as a diagnosis of ESCC and dysplasia. However, there have been no reports on the natural course of LVLs.
This study aimed to clarify the characteristics and natural course of LVLs.
Based on patients with ESCC who underwent endoscopic treatment, a retrospective study was conducted targeting 73 patients in whom the esophageal background mucosa was evaluated using Lugol staining and who were followed up for 12 months or more. LVLs were divided into groups A (none), B (several small), C (many small), and D (many irregular-shaped multiform).
The average follow-up period was 42.0 months. Groups A-D consisted of 13, 34, 21, and 5 patients, respectively. In group B, 3 of 34 (8.8%) patients advanced to group C. In group C, 2 of 21 (9.5%) patients advanced to group D. In total, 5 of all 73 (6.8%) patients advanced to a higher group.
These data suggest that a risk of ESCC may obviously increase in only some of the patients by evaluation of LVLs.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The characteristics of synchronous and subsequent lesions of serrated adenomas (SAs) of the colorectum are still unclear. This study aimed to clarify the characteristics of synchronous and subsequent lesions of SAs compared with tubular adenomas (TAs) of the colorectum. Patients were divided into 2 groups: SA (127 patients) and TA (158 patients). The mean follow-up durations in the SA and TA groups were 39.7 and 42.7 months, respectively. The number and clinical features of the synchronous and subsequent lesions of both groups were examined. In the SA group, 19 (15%) patients had synchronous lesions and 3 (2%) patients had subsequent lesions. In the TA group, 68 (43%) patients had synchronous lesions and 14 (9%) patients had subsequent lesions. The frequencies of patients with synchronous and subsequent lesions in the SA group were significantly lower than those in the TA group (p < 0.0001 and p = 0.02, respectively). The most frequent synchronous lesion was SA (67%) in the SA group and TA (95%) in the TA group. The most subsequent lesion was SA (62%) in the SA group and TA (100%) in the TA group. The histology of the index polyp and synchronous and subsequent lesions tended to be identical. No invasive colorectal carcinomas were observed in either group. Our data suggest that the colonic tumorigenesis potential of patients with SA may differ from that of patients with TA.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A lack of published data remains on factors associated with the treatment response to proton pump inhibitors (PPI) in patients with non-erosive reflux disease (NERD).
Studies on effectiveness of PPI in patients with NERD were identified using the MEDLINE database and manual searches of the available literature. Twenty publications that comprised a total of 22 study arms were eligible, and meta-analyses of these 22 study arms were carried out.
Overall improvement rate in patients with PPI was 68%. Univariate meta-regression analysis was used to explore the source of heterogeneity, P-value for males was 0.192, and in the presence of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection was 0.186, indicating that these factors are associated with treatment effectiveness. Thus, as the frequency of male and H. pylori-infected patients increased, the effectiveness of PPI against NERD improved. By multivariate meta-regression analysis, the P-value for male and H. pylori infection decreased further (P = 0.002 and P = 0.003, respectively), indicating little interaction between male sex and H. pylori infection.
These results suggest that H. pylori infection and patient sex may be associated with the effectiveness of PPI against patients with NERD. The reasons are still unclear, and further examinations are needed to clarify them.
Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 09/2009; 24(8):1326-32. · 3.33 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The relationship between esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) and Lugol-voiding lesions (LVLs) in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is unclear.
To investigate the characteristics of ESCC and the relationship between ESCC and LVLs in patients with HNSCC.
Between 2003 and 2006, 157 patients with primary HNSCC underwent Lugol chromoendoscopy at the Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan. Of the patients, 135 were followed up for more than 6 months. We retrospectively analyzed the incidence of synchronous and metachronous ESCC and cumulative proportions of patients without metachronous ESCC with or without multiple LVLs.
Synchronous and metachronous ESCC were detected in 17 of 157 (10.8%) and 9 of 135 (6.7%) patients, respectively. The incidence of synchronous and metachronous ESCC was significantly higher in patients with LVLs compared with the incidence in those without LVLs [13 of 32 (40.6%) vs. 4 of 125 (3.2%), P<0.0001 and 8 of 19 (42.1%) vs. 1 of 116 (0.9%), P<0.0001, respectively]. Cumulative proportions of patients without metachronous ESCC were significantly lower in patients with multiple LVLs compared with that in those without multiple LVLs (P<0.0001).
Patients who had HNSCC, especially those with multiple LVLs in the esophagus, should be followed with close endoscopic observation with Lugol chromoendoscopy.
Journal of clinical gastroenterology 09/2009; 44(2):e27-33. · 2.21 Impact Factor