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Articles by E Kinugasa
Total Records ( 2 ) for E Kinugasa
  A Gugliucci , K Kotani , E Kinugasa , R Hermo , R Caccavello and S. Kimura

Studies regarding aspirin metabolism can be important in patients with renal failure who have an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. We undertook this study to assess the aspirin esterase (AE) status in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients.


A total of 42 patients on long-term haemodialysis (HD) with a mean dialysis course of 6.1 y were recruited.


Serum AE levels were 44% lower and cholinesterase (ChE) levels were 22% lower in ESRD patients before dialysis as compared with control subjects (P = 0.0001). A very strong correlation was found between AE and ChE levels. AE levels increased on average 28% after dialysis with adjustments for age, gender, total cholesterol, triglyceride and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (P = 0.002). In addition, ChE levels were significantly increased (48%) after dialysis (P = 0.0001). Changes in AE activity were significantly and positively correlated with those of ChE (r = 0.427, P = 0.005). When we adjusted for several confounders, we found that the changes in AE activity operated by dialysis are significant independently of age, gender, aspirin (ASA) intake, cholesterol, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and ChE.


We report that serum AE activity is significantly lower in ESRD and that treatment by HD results in an increase of activity. We confirm that AE is associated with lipid parameters and ChE. Our results show variations in ASA catabolism between the dialysis sessions, suggesting an oscillating pattern in ASA disposal in these patients. The mechanisms for reduced AE activity in uraemia and the effects of HD need further investigation.

  H Ogata , C Kumata Maeta , K Shishido , M Mizobuchi , M Yamamoto , F Koiwa , E Kinugasa and T. Akizawa

Background and objectives: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a known predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality among hemodialysis patients. Although ankle-brachial BP index (ABI) is a simple and reliable test for PAD screening, its sensitivity has been suggested to decrease among dialysis patients.

Design, setting, participants, & measurements: We performed a cross-sectional outpatient cohort study to examine prevalence of PAD among hemodialysis patients using duplex ultrasonography of the lower extremity artery. We also evaluate the influence of increased arterial stiffness on impaired accuracy of ABI for PAD screening.

Results: Of 315 total patients, 23.8% had PAD. PAD was associated with younger age, diabetes, current smoking, atherosclerotic comorbidities, increased total cholesterol levels, increased triglyceride levels, and lower Kt/V. The receiver operating characteristic analysis (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve = 0.846) showed that sensitivity and specificity of ABI values for PAD were 49.0 and 94.8%, respectively. An ABI cut-off value of 1.05 resulted in the best sensitivity (74.5%) and specificity (84.4%). There was a significant difference in sensitivity of ABI levels <0.9 for detecting PAD among patients in different brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity quartiles. In patients with the highest brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity quartile, PAD was most prevalent (46.5%), and ABI had the highest accuracy in detecting PAD (area under the curve, 0.933).

Conclusions: These results suggest that duplex ultrasonography was a useful tool for screening asymptomatic PAD among hemodialysis patients and that the diagnostic value of ABI for PAD was affected by various factors.

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