Peritoneal mesothelioma: a review

MedGenMed. 2007 May 10;9(2):32. [Link]

Bridda A, Padoan I, Mencarelli R, Frego M.

Clinica Chirurgica I, Department of Surgical and Gastroenterological Sciences, University of Padua, School of Medicine, Via Giustiniani 2, Policlinico III Piano, 35128 Padova, Italy.


Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare aggressive tumor of the peritoneum, regarded as a universally fatal disease. It is poorly described and the knowledge of its natural history is very limited. Occupational and environmental asbestos exposure still remains a public health problem around the world. The incidence has increased in the past 2 decades. Only 20% to 33% of all mesotheliomas arise from the peritoneum itself; the pleura is the most common site of origin.