[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study investigated the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of S-1 with concurrent radiotherapy in patients with head and neck cancer, based on the frequency of dose-limiting toxicities (DLT). S-1 was administered orally at escalating doses from 40 mg/m(2) b.i.d. on the days of delivering radiotherapy, which was given at a total dose of 64-70 Gy in 32-35 fractions over 6-7 weeks. A total of 12 patients (3 patients at 40 mg/m(2), 6 patients at 60 mg/m(2), and 3 patients at 80 mg/m(2)) were enrolled in this trial. At the dose of 80 mg/m(2), two of the three patients developed DLT (Grade 3 anorexia and rhabdomyolysis) due to S-1, so the MTD was determined to be 80 mg/m(2). Among the 12 enrolled patients, 9 (75%) showed a complete response and 3 (25%) showed a partial response. The overall response rate was 100%. The recommended dose of S-1 with concurrent radiotherapy is 60 mg/m(2).
Journal of Radiation Research 01/2013; 54(4). DOI:10.1093/jrr/rrs133 · 1.80 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Tonsillar metastasis from lung cancer is a rare event. We present herein on the unusual case of a 52-year-old man who developed metastasis to the left palatine tonsil from a large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. He was treated with chemotherapy, resulting in complete remission.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The upper respiratory tract including the nasal cavity, which is the first site of invading antigen exposure, plays a crucial role in host defense via the mucosal immune response. The epithelium of nasal mucosa forms a continuous barrier against a wide variety of exogenous antigens. The epithelial barrier function is regulated in large part by the apical-most intercellular junction, referred to as the tight junction. Antigen-presenting cells, particularly dendritic cells (DCs), are known to play an important role in human nasal mucosa. Recently, the author and colleagues discovered a new mechanism for pathogen uptake in the nasal mucosa, by which DCs open the tight junctions between epithelial cells and send dendrites outside the epithelium to directly sample the pathogen. In order to preserve the integrity of the epithelial barrier and penetrate beyond well-developed epithelial tight junctions, DCs express tight junction proteins. We also found that these DCs are activated by nasal epithelial-derived TSLP induced by stimuli such as cytokines and Toll-like receptor ligands. In this lecture, I will talk about the novel mechanisms in host defense in terms of innate immunity of the nasal mucosa from the point of view of the mucosal barrier function.
Advances in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 08/2011; 72:28-30. DOI:10.1159/000324590
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mikulicz's disease (MD) is differentiated from Sjögren's syndrome as an immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) systemic disease. MD patients often report olfactory dysfunction (OD). To analyze cases of OD associated with MD, we studied clinicopathological and serological findings of MD patients.
A total of 44 MD patients (17 males and 27 females) were examined for OD. We evaluated clinicopathological and serological findings of these patients by dividing them into OD(+) and OD(-) groups.
The mean IgG4 concentration (SD) in such cases was 950.5 (797.5)mg/dl. Of the 44 patients, 20 (45%) had OD even though no abnormalities, such as obstructive and inflammatory disease, were detected in their nasal cavities and sinuses. The two groups did not show significant differences in background characteristics, such as age, sex, IgG4 concentration, presence or absence of allergic rhinitis, and presence or absence of extrasalivary gland lesions. We found abundant IgG4-positive plasmacytes in the nasal mucosa specimens of the OD(+) group but not in that of the OD(-) group.
Nasal mucosa in the MD patients with OD was infiltrated with IgG4-positive plasmacytes. We concluded that OD may be associated with infiltration by IgG4-positive cells.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Chronic sclerosing sialadenitis, which clinically resembles a salivary gland tumor, is considered a salivary gland lesion of the IgG4-related inflammatory disease. Corticosteroids are effective for the treatment of chronic sclerosing sialadenitis, but the natural clinical course of this disease is not fully understood. We report a 67-year-old man with chronic sclerosing sialadenitis who showed lung lesions, which spontaneously regressed without steroid therapy after excision of the submandibular gland. He presented with several weeks' history of continuous swelling in the right submandibular region. Physical examination showed a hard swelling of the right submandibular gland; the cytological finding was Papanicolaou class III. A chest X-ray demonstrated bilateral infiltration of the right middle and left lower lobes. The right submandibular gland was excised under general anesthesia for definite diagnosis, and histopathological examination revealed an IgG4-positive plasmacytic infiltration accompanied by periductal fibrosis and interlobular sclerosis, consistent with chronic sclerosing sialadenitis. Five months after operation, the lung lesions regressed spontaneously.