Well-differentiated Papillary Mesothelioma (WDPM) is an uncommon tumor arising principally in the peritoneum of women of reproductive age1. WDPM rarely occurs at other sites, including the pericardium, tunica vaginalis, and pleura. Only 33 cases of pleural WDPM have been reported in the literature. Most reported cases show a relatively good prognosis with prolonged survival without any specific treatment and lacking any association with asbestos exposure. In a study of 24 patients with WDPM, the average survival was 74 months compared with 9.9 months for 1248 paired patients with diffuse malignant mesothelioma. The 10-year survival was 30.8%. However, several WDPMs in that study followed a more aggressive course, resulting in death. We described a case of a 76-year-old woman with WDPM.
A Well-differentiated Papillary Mesothelioma of the Pleura / A. Casalini; G. Bertorelli; L. Lasagna; P. Mori;. - In: INTERNATIONAL PLEURAL NEWSLETTER. - ISSN 1815-6843. - 8(2010), pp. 4-5.
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