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John E. Craighead and Allen R. Gibbs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178692.001.0001

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Malignant Diseases of the Pleura, Peritoneum, and Other Serosal Surfaces

Malignant Diseases of the Pleura, Peritoneum, and Other Serosal Surfaces

(p.190) 8 Malignant Diseases of the Pleura, Peritoneum, and Other Serosal Surfaces
Asbestos and Its Diseases

Allen R. Gibbs

John E. Craighead

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on malignant mesothelioma (MM) and other mesothelial lesions and conditions that mimic MM. MM is now, alongside lung cancer, the most important occupational cancer among industrial populations worldwide. MM is a diffuse tumor that arises in the serosal surfaces of the pleura, peritoneum, pericardium, ovary, and tunica vaginalis of the testis. The most frequent location is the pleura followed by the peritoneum. As a result of serosal effusion and diffuse serosal thickening by tumor, patients with pleural tumors typically present with chest pain and shortness of breath and abdominal pain with distension in the peritoneal cases.

Keywords:   malignant mesothelioma, mesothelial lesions, tumor, asbestos exposure

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