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Mesothelioma

AKA Malignant Mesothelioma

InBrief

Asbestos chrysotile fibers that cause lung disease, COPD, lung cancer, and mesothelioma
Asbestos chrysotile fibers that cause lung disease, COPD, lung cancer, and mesothelioma

by Kruti Vora, MS-3

Edited by: Charles L. Fishman, MD


Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelium, which includes the pleura, peritoneum, pericardium, and tunica vaginalis. The pleura is the most common site of disease, and this is usually due to exposure to asbestos fibers. This cancer is aggressive in nature, and prognosis post diagnosis is poor.


This is an uncommon cancer, with only 2,500 - 3,000 mesotheliomas diagnosed in the U.S. each year. 80% or more are related to asbestos exposure, with exposure occurring 10 - 40 years earlier....

Read more about the Mesothelioma:

Signs and Symptoms

Diagnostic Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis

Treatment

Recommended Follow-Up

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