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Analysis of the clinical diagnosis of asbestosis complicated with malignant mesothelioma

Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Disease 2015 May [Link]

Liang Y, Wang Y, Zhang S, Liu J, Chen Y.

Abstract

Objective

To discuss the clinical characteristics, diagnosis and treatment of the clinical characteristics and prognosis of asbestosis complicated with malignant mesothelioma patients.

Methods

In 3 cases of asbestosis complicated with malignant mesothelioma were retrospectively analyzed.

Results

In the 3 patients, 2 cases of pleural mesothelioma, with chest tightness, chest and back pain as initial symptom; 1 case of peritoneal mesothelioma, with abdominal distention, abdominal pain, dysuria as initial symptom. One case of the pleural mesothelioma misdiagnosed as tuberculous pleurisy. 3 patients were in CT or B ultrasound guided biopsy pathology confirmed to be malignant mesothelioma. 2 patients received systemic chemotherapy, another received symptomatic and supportive treatment. Up till now, 3 patients have died.

Conclusions

The disease is a high degree of malignant, the early clinical manifestations are not specific, easily missed diagnosis and misdiagnosis. The treatment effect is not ideal, the prognosis is poor. Biopsy is a reliable method for diagnosis of MM.

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