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For Foreign Patients

In our clinic, Dr. Shingo Okamoto (Internal Medicine), and Dr. Kazumi Okamoto (Pediatrics), can offer medical diagnosis and treatment consultations in English.

Introducing our doctors

Dr. Shingo Okamoto, MD & PhD.
Dr. Shingo Okamoto is the Clinical Professor of Nara Medical University and Director of Okamoto Internal Medicine and Pediatric Clinic in Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture. He is not only a certified medical doctor, but also holds a PhD in Endocrinology . He is a specialist of Endocrinology and Metabolism, in addition to being a specialist in Diabetology. He has also obtained fellowships in Endocrinology, Diabetology and General Medicine.

1) His specialties in Endocrinology cover the following diseases:
1. Hypopituitarism and growth retardation,
2. Diabetes insipidus,
3. Acromegaly and Cushing disease,
4. Graves’ disease and Hypothyroidism,
5. Thyroid tumors,
6. Adrenal disease and Congenital Adrenal hyperplasia,
7. Hypogonadism and Gender Identity Disorder,
* More specifically, Dr. Shingo Okamoto is the top clinician of Kallmann
syndrome, as he was the first investigator to conduct the KAL-1 gene analysis.

2) His specialties of Diabetes and Metabolism are as follows:
1. Type 1 diabetes, the insulin dependent type,
2. Cholesterol and fat metabolism,
3. Glycogen storage disease.

 

Dr. Kazumi Okamoto, MD & PhD.
Dr. Kazumi Okamoto is a specialist of Pediatrics especially with regard to:
1. Infectious diseases,
2. Immune abnormalities of children.

Dr. Kazumi Okamoto is not only a certified Medical doctor, but she also holds a PhD in the Diagnostic Test for Endotoxemia. She has raised five children herself, and can offer support regarding the nursing of infants and child rearing, through her first-hand experiences. In addition, she is the chairperson of many medical organizations, and is a specialist and leader of the Child Abuse Committee in Nara Prefecture.

1) Her specialties in Pediatrics cover the following:
1. Viral and bacterial infectious diseases of children
2. Vaccination consultation
3. Bronchial asthma
4. Skin and food allergy
5. Growth retardation (consult with Dr. Shingo Okamoto)

2) Her specialties in children’s life supporting
1. Consultation for child nursing from newborn to pre-pubertal age.
2. Consultation for Child abuse

The Specialties in Endocrinology and Metabolism

Our doctor, Professor S. Okamoto is a specialist of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and can treat or consult about related diseases with a high level of knowledge and skill in Japan. We summarize such diseases and the therapy as follows;

1) Hypopituitarism:

This disease is due to a pituitary tumor or post-removal of the tumor and other unknown causes. We treat the patients with hypopituitarism with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). With this HRT, the patients exhibiting all symptoms can be completely treated and can enjoy their healthy life.

2) Diabetes Mellitus:

This disease is due to the lack of an anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) from the posterior pituitary due to a tumor or unknown causes. These patients suffer from serious thirst and frequent urination. We treat these patients with Desmopressin, the derivative hormone (ADH). With this Desmopressin therapy, the patients will become free from such symptoms and can enjoy their healthy life.

3) Hypogonadism such as Kallmann syndrome:

This disease causes a lack of sexual development or deficiency of sexual function due to the congenital deficiency of gonadotropic hormones from the pituitary gland. Professor Okamoto is famous in Japan because he clarified one of the cases of Kallmann syndrome, KAL-1 gene abnormality in Japanese patients. We treat these patients with gonadotropin therapy and can complete their sexual development to adult level or keep the sexual functions at a normal level. With this therapy, these patients will have the ability to conceive children.

4) Hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease or Basedow’s disease:

This disease is the over production of the thyroid hormone due to the special stimulating antibody to the thyroid gland. The patients suffer from severe palpitation, weight loss and specific eye symptoms. We can treat these patients with an anti-thyroid medicine and control their thyroid function at a normal level. After 2 or 3 years of this treatment, about 80% of patients can get remission from this disease. If a patient has an allergy to this anti-thyroid drug, we can introduce this patient to a specialist of thyroid surgery for the removal of the thyroid gland. After surgery, we admit these patients to control their thyroid function.

5) Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease or other:

This disease is the decreasing of the thyroid hormone from the thyroid gland due to the destruction by autoimmune mechanism or post-surgery of a thyroid tumor. The patients with this disease suffer from general fatigue, lack of cold tolerance, constipation, weight gain and the reduction of mental abilities. We can treat these patients by administering the thyroid hormone. With the thyroid hormone replacement therapy, all patients become free from these symptoms and can enjoy their healthy life.

6) Thyroid tumor, nodular goiter:

In this disease, patients typically suffer from thyroid cancer and/or benign tumor(s). We can diagnose such thyroid tumors as cancerous or benign, through special ultrasonography and needle biopsy, from the method of the “Okamoto Biopsy Method” of which Prof. Okamoto safely devised. If the patients are diagnosed as having thyroid cancer, they can be introduced to a thyroid surgeon who has worked extensively with Prof. Okamoto.

7) Calcium abnormality due to parathyroid diseases:

Excess calcium in the blood is called hypercalcemia. Hypercalcedmia accompanies weakness of bone and kidney stones. The causes of this hypercalcemia sometimes occur by parathyroid hormone excess due to a parathyroid tumor. The decrease of blood calcium is called hypocalcemia. Hypocalcemia accompanies frequent muscle cramping and convulsion. The cause of this hypocalcemia occurs through parathyroid hormone deficiency due to the destruction of the parathyroid gland by an autoimmune mechanism. Our Dr. can diagnose and treat these diseases through his specialty.

8) Hypertension associated with endocrine diseases:

The elevation of blood pressure over 140mmHg / 90mmHg is diagnosed as hypertension. One of the causes of hypertension is the existence of endocrine disease. The cause of such hypertension are the adrenal hormone excess such as Cushing Syndrome or Primary aldosteronism and noradrenalin excess such as Pheochromocytoma. If you have hypertension, check the cause of you hypertension. Our Dr. is a specialist of hypertension of endocrine origin. He will analyze your hypertension and treat with the appropriate therapy.

9) Male hypogonadism, such as Klinefelter syndrome:

Hypogonadism is the medical term of dysfunction of the sexual organs. Our Dr. is a specialist of hypogonadism such as Klinefelter syndrome. He can treat not only through hormone replacement therapy but also with mental support to release their inferior complex.

10) Growth retardation associated with endocrine diseases:

Our Dr. devised a new screening method, WHAMES method, for early diagnosis in school children. Through this method, a lot of patients with growth retardation such as short stature, obesity, early sexual development and precocious puberty were found. This method is widely used in our country. Our Dr. treats these patients with growth hormone therapy or other hormone therapies. The Turner syndrome is also a target of this treatment of our Dr.

11) Gender Identity Disorder (GID):

In our clinic, about 30 patients with GID, female to male or male to female, are treated. Our Dr. diagnoses GID with the cooperation of a psychologist. After filling of the diagnostic procedure, he will treat them through hormone replacement therapy with mental support. Please consult with our doctor without hesitation.

12) Diabetes Mellitus: Type 1 and Type 2

Dr. S. Okamoto is a registered specialist with both the Japanese Diabetes Association(JDA) and the American Diabetes Association(ADA). He treats with insulin therapy for type 1 and special medicine for type 2. Our clinic has a special dietician for diet control for diabetes patients.

Message for foreign patients:

Recently, a lot of foreign people visit to our area and some foreign patients come to our clinic. While we talk to them in English, they promptly relax knowing they can speak with us in English. Our doctor of internal medicine Shingo Okamoto and our pediatric doctor Kazumi Okamoto can both speak English well. Our staff can also speak English. Our clinic is intending to develop internationally with Okamoto Medical Center in Bangladesh (see website).
If you wish to consult with Dr. S Okamoto, please access to the following e-mail address:
iryousoudan-ok@hotmeil.co.jp
You can discuss your problem with us in English.

For inquiry and reservations, please contact:
Okamoto Naika Kodomo Clinic
Phone: 0744-42-4152
(+81-744-42-4152 from overseas)

 

 

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