Primary malignant mesothelioma of the appendix

Kazunao Hayashi, Masaaki Takamura, Yuichi Sato, Kumiko Takahashi, Hiromi Sato, Kazumi Youkou, Hisashi Yokoyama, Minoru Nomoto, Chihiro Inoue, Go Hasegawa, Yutaka Aoyagi

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Abstract

We report a case of primary malignant mesothelioma of the appendix. A 35-year-old man without any history of asbestos exposure was admitted to our hospital for further examination following the discovery of multiple liver tumors, an ileocecal tumor, and abdominal lymph node swelling. An ultrasound-guided liver tumor biopsy revealed malignant mesothelioma. Despite receiving systemic chemotherapy, he died 3 months after the initial diagnosis. At autopsy, a diagnosis of multiple organ metastases from a malignant biphasic mesothelioma of the appendix was made. To our knowledge, this is only the second reported case of primary malignant mesothelioma of the appendix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1030
Number of pages4
JournalInternal Medicine
Volume51
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Appendix
  • Malignant mesothelioma
  • Multiple organ metastases
  • Soluble mesothelin-related peptides (SMRP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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