Transdiaphragmatic invasion of pleural mesothelioma

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Known pleural mesothelioma presenting with abdominal distension and discomfort

Patient Data

Age: 80
Gender: Male

Multiple solid tumour nodules are present in the left lung base. They are pleurally-based and represent deposits of mesothelioma. They are both lateral and in the posterior costophrenic sulcus with subtle but definite penetration of tumour through the diaphragm (arrows) into the left subphrenic space as well as extending into the chest wall posteriorly (arrow). This is associated with considerable oedema and thickening of the omentum together with increased vascularity and ascites.

Case Discussion

Mesothelioma is one of the few tumours that crosses anatomical planes - such as the chest wall and diaphram.  In this case both have occurred!

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Case information

rID: 50980
Published: 31st Jan 2017
Last edited: 3rd Feb 2017
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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