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Chirurgia 2002 December;15(6):195-8

language: Italian

Peritoneal mesothelioma. A case report

Negri L., Toschi C., Bedosti M., Virzì S.

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Mesothelial tumors are difficult to diagnose because of their insidious clinical symptoms and also because of the different forms taken by cells and neoplastic structures. Over the last few years immunosystemic researches have given an important contribution to the diagnosis of this disease, and the search for mesothelium-associated antibodies in a malignant mesothelioma has now become a routine. In industrialized countries malignant mesothelioma is a widespread disease even though etiologic studies are often not carried out so that a professional relation is not always recognized. The therapeutic approach to peritoneal mesothelioma remains a controversial subject, and the different surgical options available include radical peritonectomy which is certainly the most radical one. In addition to the irreplaceable surgical treatment there are different systemic and/or regional therapy protocols.
The case of a 64 y-old male, car electrician, presenting a severe intestinal obstruction for which an emergency partial ileal resection was performed, is reported.

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