Extrapleural radical pneumonectomy for treatment of diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma: Report of a case and literature review

Tsai Wang Huang, Ching Tzao, Shih Chun Lee, Chih Kung Lin, Yeung Leung Cheng

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Abstract

Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare but aggressive tumor of the pleura. The prognosis is poor, with a median survival of less than one year. Single agent or combination chemotherapy, as well as radiotherapy, have not consistently improved survival. Radical extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) is usually considered as part of trimodal treatment, in combination with preoperative and postoperative chemotherapy and radiotherapy. With advances in preoperative staging, perioperative management, and the development of multimodal approaches, long-term survival is possible. We present a case report of successful use of EPP for the treatment of an extensive diffuse MPM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-72
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Sciences (Taiwan)
Volume26
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Extrapleural pneumonectomy
  • Mesothelioma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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