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Biomedical Reports 6: 51-56, 2017; DOI: 10.3892/br.2016.808
Following the publication of this article, the authors brought to our attention that there was an issue concerning obtaining sufficient informed consent from the patients involved in the study. Therefore, the authors have decided to retract their publication. All co-authors and the institutional review board of the hospital (Saga Medical School Hospital, Saga, Japan) agreed with retraction and sincerely apologize for their oversight.