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Mesothelioma, Diffuse Malignant Mesothelioma

  • Definition
  • Risk Factors
  1. Asbestos Exposure (even minor exposure)
  2. Tobacco abuse
  • Epidemiology
  1. Incidence: 2000 new cases in U.S. per year
  • Symptoms
  • Imaging
  1. Chest XRay
    1. Unilateral Pleural Effusion
  2. Chest CT
    1. Pleura may appear irregular
  • Presentations
  • Managament
  1. Palliative radiation
  2. No protocol improves survival
  • Prognosis
  1. Uniformly fatal
  2. Median survival: 6-18 months from diagnosis