Suzanne Alkul, Hawa Edriss, Daniel Cordoba, Mitchell Wachtel
Seventy percent of patients with malignant mesothelioma have had exposure to asbestos fibers. Other patients without this exposure have had chronic pleural inflammation or received radiation to the thorax. Occasionally patients present with no obvious exposure history relevant to the development of malignant mesothelioma. This diagnosis needs to be in the differential diagnosis of all patients with unexplained pleural disease.
mesothelioma; asbestos; pleural disease
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