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Dig Dis Sci. 1979 Feb;24(2):170-4.

Laparoscopic diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma. Report of a case and review of the diagnostic approach.


This is the second report of a malignant peritoneal mesothelioma diagnosed by laparoscopy and guided needle biopsy and the first with photographic documentation of the lesion. The case illustrates the following points: (1) diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma should be considered in the evaluation of exudative ascites; (2) the only definitive diagnostic procedure is to obtain tissue for histology; and (3) laparoscopy with biopsies under direct vision is an accurate and safe technique which is underutilized and should be considered as the diagnostic procedure of choice when peritoneal disease is suspected.

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