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Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma With Heterologous Osteoblastic Elements: Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance, and Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Characteristics of a Rare Tumor

Salgado, Rodrigo A MD*; Corthouts, Robert MD*; Parizel, Paul M MD, PhD*; Germonpré, Paul MD, PhD; Carp, Laurens MD; Schil, Paul Van MD, PhD§; Marck, Eric Van MD, PhD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: September-October 2005 - Volume 29 - Issue 5 - p 653-656
doi: 10.1097/01.rct.0000174028.06600.53
Thoracic and Breast Imaging: Case Report

The imaging findings of a rare mixed type of malignant mesothelioma of the pleura with heterologous bone stroma in a patient without a previous history of asbestos exposure are reported. Imaging findings of this type of bone-forming pleural mesothelioma are scarcely reported in the literature, with only a few case reports describing findings on conventional radiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. To the best of our knowledge, no positron emission tomography imaging characteristics of this type of mesothelioma have been previously reported.

From the *Department of Radiology, University Hospital of Antwerp, Edegem, Belgium, †Department of Pneumology, University Hospital of Antwerp, Edegem, Belgium, ‡Department of Nuclear Imaging, University Hospital of Antwerp, Edegem, Belgium, §Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, University Hospital of Antwerp, Edegem, Belgium, and ∥Department of Pathology, University Hospital of Antwerp, Edegem, Belgium.

Received for publication May 3, 2005; accepted June 6, 2005.

Reprints: Rodrigo Salgado, Department of Radiology, University Hospital Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10, Edegem, Belgium (e-mail:

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.