[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection in the remnant stomach has not been established.
To investigate the diagnostic value of culture, histology, PCR and serum IgG against H. pylori (ELISA) with and without eradication therapy in the remnant stomach, compared with the unoperated stomach.
Biopsy samples for bacterial culture and histological diagnosis of H. pylori were taken from the stoma and upper corpus of the remnant stomach and gastric juice was used for PCR assay.
Bacterial culture-based diagnosis in the remnant stomach, sensitivity and specificity of culture were 95.1%, 100%; histology 89%, 92.3%; PCR 66%, 89.7%; and ELISA 100%, 50%, respectively, in cases without H. pylori eradication therapy. In assessment of the results of therapy for the remnant stomach, sensitivity and specificity of culture were 100%, 100%; histology 80%, 96.8%; PCR 80%, 91.7%; and ELISA 100%, 0%, respectively.
Bacterial culture had the highest diagnostic value in the remnant stomach as well as unoperated stomach. Sensitivity by histology and PCR was lower in the remnant stomach than the unoperated stomach, but specificity values were equal. Serum ELISA assay was not suitable for the remnant stomach.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A rare case of hemorrhagic gastric carcinoma in an acromegalic patient is reported. A 79-year-old Japanese man was referred to our hospital with diagnoses of upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage and angina pectoris. This patient showed typical clinical features of acromegaly, with increased serum growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) level. A high titer of serum anti-Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) IgG was also observed. After percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty treatment for stenosis of the right coronary artery, the patient underwent distal gastrectomy. Gastric cancer was Type 2 macroscopically and was diagnosed histologically as a papillary and well to moderately differentiated tubular adenocarcinoma. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis estimated that the amount of IGF-I receptor mRNA expression in the gastric cancer tissue was 1.6 times higher than that in the adjacent atrophic mucosa, whereas the amount of IGF-I mRNA expression in the cancer tissue was only half that in the atrophic mucosa. Both the stimulatory effects of GH and/or IGF-I on cell proliferation and H. pylori infection in gastric tumorigenesis may have been responsible for the development and growth of gastric carcinoma in this patient.
Journal of Nippon Medical School 07/2001; 68(3):266-70.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Spontaneous gastrointestinal perforations in three patients with lymphoma were considered to be treatment-related conditions. All three were diagnosed as having malignant lymphoma by histological examination, and treated with chemotherapy and steroids. Four to 14 days after the start of chemotherapy, they complained of abdominal pain and plain roentgenograms revealed pneumoperitoneum. The interval between the onset of peritonitis and operation was almost 24 h. Emergency operations were carried out; one patient with a jejunal perforation underwent resection of the jejunum, another with a gastric perforation received a simple closure with omental patch, and the third with a gastric perforation underwent gastrectomy. Two patients recovered from the surgery, while the gastrectomy patient died due to sepsis. The favorable outcome of the surgical intervention is attributed to early diagnosis, prompt exploration, and selective operative procedures. We recommended a simple closure with omental patch for gastroduodenal perforation. Resection and primary anastomosis are possible only in the small bowel.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A case of abscess caused by a penetrating duodenal ulcer in a 34 year-old female patient is presented. She had a past history of duodenal ulcer and presented with a low grade fever which had persisted for 1 month. Abdominal ultrasound confirmed a hypoechoic mass and computed tomography revealed a low density area in the posterior side of the hepatoduodenal ligament. The common bile duct and portal vein were compressed. Mild peripheral enhancement was detected. Laparotomy was performed and an abscess in the posterior side of the hepatoduodenal ligament was confirmed. The abscess was firmly adhered to the lesser curvature side of the bulbus and a penetrating duodenal ulcer scar was noted. In conclusion, this report describes a rare event where penetrating duodenal ulcer formed an abscess with only mild complaints.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Angiogenic growth factors are essential for cancer metastasis, and the growth of metastatic foci also depends on these angiogenic growth factors as well as autocrine or paracrine growth factors. We therefore investigated whether vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and thymidine phosphorylase (dThdPase) are localized more often in primary tumors with hepatic metastasis than in those without such metastasis and whether transforming growth factor (TGF-alpha) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGF-R) are coexisted more often in hepatic metastases than in primary tumors of gastric cancer. Resected specimens from 82 patients with gastric cancer were examined immunohistochemically. The primary antibodies used were anti-VEGF, anti-dThdPase, anti-TGF-alpha and anti-EGF-R. VEGF expression was found to be higher in primary cancers with than in those without hepatic metastasis (p < 0.001), while VEGF was frequently observed in both hepatic metastases and in the primary tumors. Localization of dThdPase was also higher in advanced than in early gastric cancers (p = 0.021). High co-presence of TGF-alpha and EGF-R was detected more frequently in cancers with deep gastric wall invasion than in those without such invasion (p = 0.050), and also more often in cancers with venous invasion (p = 0.007) and those in the advanced stage (p = 0.020). Co-presence of TGF-alpha and EGF-R was found to be higher, though not significantly, in hepatic metastases (58.8%) than in primary tumors (29.4%). These findings suggest that localization of VEGF may play an important role in hepatic metastasis, and that the expression of VEGF, dThdPase and the TGF-alpha/EGF-R pathway may be responsible for the growth of hepatic metastasis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Examinations of peritoneal lavage smears (cy) in gastric cancer surgical stages III and IV are very important for determining the disease stage. We have been carrying out these examinations for 8 years. One hundred sixty patients with gastric cancer were examined. The incidence of cy positivity was higher in T4 than in T3, and higher in P1,2,3 than in P0. We performed intraperitoneal administration of CDDP in 10 patients with gastric cancer using a reservoir (Infuse-A-Port) implanted in the abdominal wall once a week. No difference in survival was observed between patients who received chemotherapy via i.p. and those who received it i.v.
Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 08/1998; 25(9):1284-7.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Satisfactory therapeutic effects are rarely obtained with oral chemotherapy for gastric cancer. We have experienced successful treatment for synchronous hepatic metastasis of gastric cancer with 5'-DFUR and Lentinan. The patient was a 78-year-old female, diagnosed as having gastric cancer with multiple hepatic metastases, who underwent gastrectomy. Immunohistochemistry of the resected specimens with anti-thymidine phosphorylase (dThdPase) antibody yielded positive results for dThdPase in the primary tumor as well as the hepatic metastases. Two months after surgery, administration of 400 mg of 5'-DFUR per day and 2 mg i.v. of Lentinan every other week was started. Four months after discharge, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in plasma showed an abrupt logarithmic decline. Furthermore, a 99% reduction in hepatic metastases was demonstrated by abdominal CT. At present, 22 months after surgery, the patient is managed on an outpatient basis with no complaints of any side effects. Immunochemotherapy using 5'-DFUR and Lentinan may be effective against gastric malignancies expressing dThdPase activity.
Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 02/1998; 25(1):129-33.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The effects of gastric and breast cancer surgery on the systemic immune response, and potential correlations with cytokines in peritoneal fluid (PF) and wound fluid (WF) after surgery were investigated in humans. Twenty patients with gastric cancer and 13 patients with breast cancer were studied. Blood natural killer (NK) cell activity and serum soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) were assayed, and prostaglandin E2 and transforming growth factor-beta1 were measured in PF and WF. A prolonged decrease in NK cell activity was observed after gastrectomy compared with mastectomy. Serum sIL-2R levels were increased after gastrectomy, whereas no difference was observed after mastectomy. Cytokine levels in PF persisted on day 1 through 5 after gastrectomy, whereas in WF they dropped sharply on postoperative day 3. The systemic immune response was decreased longer after gastrectomy than mastectomy, and this immune modulation may be partly attributable to the presence of cytokines in local exudates.
International surgery 01/1998; 83(3):210-4. · 0.31 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Surgical excision of both primary and metastatic tumors is the recommended therapy for gastric cancer. There are many cases of multiple metastasis to lymph nodes, disseminated metastasis of peritoneum, and post-operative systemic metastasis for which no surgical treatment is available. Cancer gene therapy is one of the promising new techniques. We injected the suicide gene, herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (HSV-tk), directly into the tumor using gastrofiberscopy. Following GCV treatment caused tissue degeneration at the injection site and lymph nodes. These findings show that suicide gene therapy for gastric cancer may be effective for a metastatic tumor along with the primary tumor.
Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 10/1997; 24(12):1778-80.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is involved in many gastrointestinal diseases, such as chronic gastritis (CAG), peptic ulcer and gastric cancer (GCA). Both host factors and H. pylori strain differences may contribute to differences in the diseases. Thus, we conducted an age and gender matched case-control study of 35 patients each with CAG, gastric ulcer (GUL), duodenal ulcer (DUL) and gastric cancer (GCA) to examine the role of strain differences of the H. pylori cytotoxin genes cagA and vacA in these diseases. We employed polymerase chain reaction to examine the gastric juice for H. pylori DNA. The test was positive for 26 (74.3%) CAG, 29 (82.9%) GUL, 28 (80.0%) DUL and 27 (77.1%) GCA patients, showing no statistically significant difference among the diseases (P = 0.84). cagA and vacA genes (picked up by using a vacA1 + vacA2 primer pair which detected non-variable regions of the vacA gene) were detected by PCR in the H. pylori DNA-positive cases as follows: CAG, 92.3% and 76.9%; GUL, 100% and 86.2%; DUL, 89.3% and 89.3%; GCA, 92.6% and 85.2%, respectively. No statistically significant differences were found in the frequencies of these cytotoxin genes in H. pylori-positive cases among the various gastric diseases (P = 0.39 for cagA and P = 0.64 for vacA).
Japanese journal of cancer research: Gann 07/1997; 88(6):532-6.