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Vol 4, No 2 (2005): Polish Palliative Medicine
Case reports
Published online: 2005-05-04
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Difficulties in diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma of the pleura - case reports

Adrianna Drozdowska, Krzysztof Kuziemski, Ewa Jassem, Jan M. Słomiński
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2005;4(2):81-84.

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Vol 4, No 2 (2005): Polish Palliative Medicine
Case reports
Published online: 2005-05-04

Abstract

Malignant pleural mesothelioma of the pleura is a difficult diagnostic problem. Diagnosis is often delayed due to nonspecific clinical symptoms, a variety of radiological images and similarity to other neoplasms particularly adenocarcinoma in microscopical evaluation. The mainstay of diagnosis is histopatological and immunohistochemical analysis of microscopic samples obtained during thoracoscopy or diagnostic thoracotomy in equivocal cases. In this report, presented are three cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma are presented.

Abstract

Malignant pleural mesothelioma of the pleura is a difficult diagnostic problem. Diagnosis is often delayed due to nonspecific clinical symptoms, a variety of radiological images and similarity to other neoplasms particularly adenocarcinoma in microscopical evaluation. The mainstay of diagnosis is histopatological and immunohistochemical analysis of microscopic samples obtained during thoracoscopy or diagnostic thoracotomy in equivocal cases. In this report, presented are three cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma are presented.
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Keywords

malignant mesothelioma of the pleura; thoracoscopy; differential diagnosis; thoracotomy

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Title

Difficulties in diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma of the pleura - case reports

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 4, No 2 (2005): Polish Palliative Medicine

Pages

81-84

Published online

2005-05-04

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2005;4(2):81-84.

Keywords

malignant mesothelioma of the pleura
thoracoscopy
differential diagnosis
thoracotomy

Authors

Adrianna Drozdowska
Krzysztof Kuziemski
Ewa Jassem
Jan M. Słomiński

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