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A case of diffuse pleural malignant mesothelioma treated with pleuropneumonectomy

, : A case of diffuse pleural malignant mesothelioma treated with pleuropneumonectomy. Japanese Journal of Chest Diseases 47(5): 444-449

The patient was a 67 year-old man suffering from left chest pain and left anterior chest swelling. Chest X-ray examination showed diffuse and irregular left pleural thickening. Needle and open biopsy from left anterior chest mass revealed diffuse malignant mesothelioma (epithelial type). No direct invasion to the abdominal cavity was confirmed by MRI and laparoscopy. Pleuropneumonectomy was performed. The left hemidiaphragm, the pericardium and the chest wall were resected with the involved pleura. The postoperative course was uneventful and he has been well 9 months after the surgery. Only ten cases with surgically treated diffuse pleural malignant mesothelioma have been reported so far.

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