The 2000-2010 case record of our Institute includes 77 cases of malignant mesothelioma (MM) [67 pleural (40 males, 27 females; mean age 63.9 years), 9 peritoneal (7 males, 2 females; 67.9 years) and one testicular (38 year-old man)], often associated, with various degree of probability, to previous asbestos exposure (occupational or environmental). Twenty-four patients with pleural MM had undergone surgery (12 pleural decortication and 12 pneumonectomy), with median survival, respectively, of 14 ± 4.33 (standard error) and 38 ± 4.27 months, longer than that recorded without surgery (8 ± 0.94 months). Four peritoneal cases underwent peritonectomy with hyperthermic intraoperative chemotherapy: one is still alive 20 months after diagnosis, the others died at 8,18 and 36 months. The testicular case is still living 6 years after radical orchidectomy. In conclusion, due to past asbestos use, MM is often observed in the current clinical practice. Patients treated surgically present longer survivals.
|Translated title of the contribution||Malignant mesothelioma: Analysis of a hospital case series|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health