The association of pleural mesothelioma and tuberculosis

G. C. Roviaro, F. Sartori, F. Calabro, F. Varoli

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The relationship between pleural mesothelioma and asbestosis is universally accepted. Less importance has been given to its connection with chronic pleural disease, particularly tuberculosis. In a group of 35 patients affected with mesothelioma, neoplasm arose in 3 patients with calcific pleural tuberculosis, at a ratio of 1:8.5. The cause may have been indirect chronic stimulation or even direct action from oncogenic substances contained in the pleura.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-571
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Review of Respiratory Disease
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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