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Mesothelioma (benign-fibrous)

Definition:

A noncancerous tumor of the pleura (lining of the lung and chest cavity).

Causes, incidence, and risk factors:

Nonmalignant mesothelioma is usually a localized tumor that affects men more frequently than women. The tumor may grow to a large size and compress the lung, causing the symptoms of shortness of breath.

Symptoms:

  • chronic cough
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain

Signs and tests:

A physical examination reveals the clubbed appearance of the fingers.

Tests that may show benign mesothelioma:

  • chest X-ray
  • CT scan of the chest
  • open lung biopsy

Treatment:

Surgery is indicated for a solitary tumor.

Expectations (prognosis):

The outcome is expected to be good with prompt treatment.

Complications:

Pleural effusion (fluid escaping into the membranes around the lungs) is a complication.

Calling your health care provider:

Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you notice a chroniccough or other signs of mesothelioma.

Prevention:

There is no known prevention for this very rare disorder.
 

 

 
 

 

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