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Clinical presentation, diagnosis, and staging of malignant pleural mesothelioma

Daniel H Sterman, MD
Leslie A Litzky, MD
Larry R Kaiser, MD
Steven M Albelda, MD
Section Editors
Rogerio C Lilenbaum, MD, FACP
Joseph S Friedberg, MD
Deputy Editor
Sadhna R Vora, MD


Malignant mesothelioma is an insidious neoplasm with a very poor prognosis. It arises from mesothelial surfaces of the pleural cavity, peritoneal cavity, tunica vaginalis, or pericardium.

The clinical presentation, evaluation, and staging of malignant pleural mesothelioma will be reviewed here. Other related topics include:

(See "Epidemiology of malignant pleural mesothelioma".)

(See "Pathology of malignant pleural mesothelioma".)

(See "Initial management of malignant pleural mesothelioma".)


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