Pleural neoplasms may be difficult to diagnose because they must be distinguished from metastatic malignancy involving the pleura, and from benign reactive processes causing pleural thickening. In contrast to primary lung neoplasms, primary pleural neoplasms are uncommon, with secondary involvement being more frequent. A correct diagnosis is important, so that appropriate therapy can be delivered. Also, the diagnosis may affect the pateint's prospects for compensation. The most common primary pleural neoplasm is mesothelioma, but compared to lung tumours even mesotheliomas are relatively rare. Mesotheliomas exhibit a wide variety of histologic patterns, which may be confused with other neoplasms. Here we consider those other pleural lesions that must be differentiated from mesothelioma.
|Journal of Thoracic Oncology
|11, Suppl. 2
|Published - Nov 2013
|15th World Conference on Lung Cancer - Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia
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