Thoracic Cancer 2021 October 26 [Link]

Shu Zhang, Yuan Zhang, Wei Feng, Zhongyue Shi, Huanzhong Shi, Yuhui Zhang


Background: Malignant pleural effusion (MPE) is common in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). The survival of patients with MPM and MPE is heterogeneous. The LENT and BRIMS scores using routine clinical parameters were developed to predict the survival of patients with unselected MPE and MPM, respectively. This study aimed to stratify the survival of selected MPM patients with MPE.

Methods: Data were collected from subjects diagnosed with MPM and MPE. The LENT and BRIMS scores were applied using a combination of clinical variables to stratify subjects and compare survival characteristics.

Results: In total, 101 patients with MPM complicated by MPE were included in the study. The median follow-up time was 71 months (interquartile range: 24-121 months). Overall median survival was 24 (interquartile range: 12-52 months). Based on the LENT score, the low-, moderate-, and high-risk groups accounted for 65.3% (66 cases), 34.7% (35 cases), and 0%, respectively. The cumulative survival rates of the two groups were statistically significant (p = 0.031). The area under the curve (AUC) of the LENT score was 0.662. Based on the BRIMS score, the first, second, third, and fourth risk groups accounted for 1.0% (1 case), 42.9% (35 cases), 28.7% (29 cases), and 19.4% (36 cases), respectively. Survival was significantly higher in patients in the risk groups 1 and 2 than in patients in the risk groups 3 and 4 (p = 0.037). The AUC of the BRIMS score was 0.605.

Conclusions: Using routinely available clinical variables, both LENT and BRIMS scores could stratify selected MPM and MPE patients into risk groups with statistically different survival.