Sarcomatous malignant mesothelioma diagnosed after death

S. Okuma, M. Kashara, M. Kuroda, K. Masushita

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A 77-year-old man with diabetes mellitus who was being treated as an outpatient had abnormal shadow in the right lower lobe on a chest roentgenogram in June 1993. In July 1994, a productive cough developed, and subsequent dyspnea obliged him to enter our hospital. Retention of pleural fluid led us to suspect tuberculous pleurisy and to perform a pleural biopsy and a thoracentesis to remove pleural fluid, but no final diagnosis was reached. About 14 months later he died of dyspnea with a rapidly growing, tumor. An autopsy disclosed a giant tumor that occupied the right pleural cavity, excluding the lung. The tumor was well-defined between the lung and had infiltrated into the mediastinum. The histopathological diagnosis was primary malignant mesothelioma, sarcomatous type, of the visceral pleura.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-316
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Thoracic Diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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