Extrapleural pneumonectomy for malignant pleural mesothelioma

Kyobu Geka. 2007 Jan;60(1):40-4. [Link]

Morohoshi T, Yamamoto T, Nagashima T.

Department of Thoracic Surgery, Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan.


We analyzed 14 patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) who underwent extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP). 14 men had a mean age of 58.5 years. Preoperarive histological diagnosis was as follows: epithelial 12, biphasic 1, sarcomatous 1. Postoperative diagnosis was: 8, 5, 1, respectively. According to staging of International Mesothelioma Interest Group (IMIG), 3 patients had stage 11 disease, 8 did stage Ill and 3 did stage IV, postoperatively. The operative mortality rate was 7% (1 death), and morbidity rate was 50% (7 cases). The median survival time and 2- and 5-year survival rate were 20.2 months, 33. 8.3%, respectively. EPP for strictly selected patients has been successful in improving survival of patients with negative-node, epithelial type and negative residual tumors.