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Mesothelioma

Khalid Bashir, MD Reviewed 06/2019
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

  • Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive malignancy of the mesothelial or serous tissues primarily found in the pleura (65–70%) or peritoneum (20–33%), tunica vaginalis (1–2%) or pericardi...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Symptoms are usually nonspecific and occur when disease is advanced. General fatigue, night sweats, and weight loss may be present.

  • Pleural mesothelioma presents with gradual onset of ...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

  • A multidisciplinary team is important in management and should include thoracic surgery, oncology, pathology, pulmonary, and radiology for patient-specific planning of manage...

ONGOING CARE

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Smoking cessation

  • Immunization for pneumococcal pneumonia and influenza

Patient Monitoring

Monitor for paraneoplastic phenomenon, including fever, thrombocytosis, ma...

REFERENCES

1
Bridda A, Padoan I, Mencarelli R, et al. Peritoneal mesothelioma: a review. MedGenMed.  2007;9(2):32. [View Abstract on OvidMedline]
2
Weder W. Mesothelioma. Ann Oncol.  2010;21(Su...

CODES

ICD10

  • C45.9 Mesothelioma, unspecified

  • C45.0 Mesothelioma of pleura

  • C45.1 Mesothelioma of peritoneum

  • C45.2 Mesothelioma of pericardium

  • C45.7 Mesothelioma of other sites

ICD9

  • 163.9 Malignant neoplasm of ...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Mesothelioma remains a rare but universally fatal disease in part due to long latency.

  • Multimodal treatment has decreased recurrence rates and has extended survival time.

  • Main risk facto...

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