Surgery Today. 2008;38(7):635-8. Epub 2008 Jul 9. [Link]

Akamoto S, Ono Y, Ota K, Suzaki N, Sasaki A, Matsuo Y, Hayashi K.

Department of Surgery, Jyuzen General Hospital, Ehime, Japan.


Localized malignant mesothelioma in the mediastinum is rare and most known cases have been reported as “localized malignant pericardial mesothelioma.” We report a case of a middle mediastinal tumor, which we were able to resect completely. Histopathological examination of the tumor confirmed that it was a malignant epithelial lymphohistiocytoid mesothelioma. We assumed that the tumor was derived from the pericardium. Local recurrence was detected 1 year after resection, and the patient died of the disease about 2 years later.

Keywords: Localized malignant mesothelioma – Middle mediastinal tumor – Lymphohistiocytoid mesothelioma