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Mesothelioma: A Soon To Be Forgotten Disease in the United States?

Thomas, Dani DO; Geck, Robert MD; Rozas, Daniel MD; Muro-Cacho, Carlos MD, PhD; Rumbak, Mark MD, FCCP

Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology: July 2012 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p 258–261
doi: 10.1097/LBR.0b013e31825f1aba
Brief Reports

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an uncommon cancer that commonly presents with a large unilateral bloody pleural effusion long after asbestos exposure. Its prevalence is decreasing with the decreasing exposure to asbestos in the United States. We present a patient with malignant pleural mesothelioma who underwent evaluation and treatment during medical thoracoscopy. The thoracoscopic evaluation revealed multiple, varied, and severe but characteristic findings of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Medical thoracoscopy is the procedure of choice for the diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma.

Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and SleepMedicine, Department of Interventional Pulmonology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest or other disclosures.

Reprints: Mark Rumbak, MD, FCCP, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (e-mail:

Received February 19, 2012

Accepted April 18, 2012

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.