Mesothelioma

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Former shipyard worker, with progressive shortness of breath and weight loss.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years old
Gender: Male
X-ray

Circumferential pleural thickening in the right thoracic cavity, with substantial volume loss within the right hemithorax.

Case Discussion

mesothelioma in general is an aggressive malignant tumour, the vast majority arising from the pleural.

It is strongly associated with asbestos exposure, therefore afflicting those in industries with potential exposure, such as electricians and shipbuilders.  A significant lag response is known, being up to 20-30 afters exposure.

It typically causes circumferential thickening of the pleura, encasing the lung with resultant volume loss.

Treatment options are limited.  Prognosis is poor.

 

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Case information

rID: 30112
Case created: 20th Jul 2014
Last edited: 14th Mar 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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