Mesotheliomas are primary neoplasms of the serosal membranes of the body cavities. Eighty percent of mesotheliomas originate in the pleural space. Other sites of origin for this tumor include the peritoneum, pericardium, tunica vaginalis testis, and ovarian epithelium. Most reports describe a ratio of pleural to peritoneal mesotheliomas of 10:1, with the other serosal membranes affected only rarely. Malignant pleural mesotheliomas account for only 5% of intrapleural tumors with the other 95% accounted for by tumors metastatic to the pleural space.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Integrated Cancer Management|
|Subtitle of host publication||Surgery, Medical Oncology, and Radiation Oncology|
|Number of pages||47|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1999|
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