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Tumori. 2003 May-Jun;89(3):269-73.

Clinical presentation of peritoneal mesothelioma.

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The Washington Cancer Institute, Washington Hospital Center, DC 20010, USA.

Abstract

AIM:

To describe the clinical presentation of peritoneal mesothelioma and its impact on survival.

METHODS:

Data was collected from 51 patients with peritoneal mesothelioma treated at the Washington Cancer Institute. The demographic, clinical and pathologic information were analyzed.

RESULTS:

Pain was the most common symptom (recorded in 33% of patients); increased abdominal girth occurred in 31%, increased abdominal girth and pain in 5%, and a new onset hernia in 12%. In an additional 14% of patients, a variety of other clinical findings led to the diagnosis. There was a statistically significant difference in survival by gender, weight loss and volume of disease.

CONCLUSIONS:

Pain was the most common initial presenting symptom, with increased abdominal girth as a second. A more favorable prognosis occurred in women with a small disease volume.

PMID:
12908781
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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