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Ultrastruct Pathol. 2006 Jan-Feb;30(1):3-17.

Macroscopic, histologic, histochemical, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural features of mesothelioma.

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Diagnostic Specialties Laboratories, Bremerton, Washington 98310, USA. shammar@harrisonmedical.org

Abstract

Mesotheliomas are uncommon neoplasms that arise from the cells forming the serosal membranes of the body cavities. Approximately 90-95% of mesotheliomas arise in the pleural cavity and 5-10% in the peritoneal cavity. Rare mesotheliomas arise in the pericardium and in the tunica vaginalis. Unlike many neoplasms, mesotheliomas grow in a diffuse distribution and tend to encase the organs in the various body cavities. A combination of histochemical, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural features are often necessary to accurately diagnose mesotheliomas. These techniques are highlighted in this review article on mesothelioma.

PMID:
16517466
DOI:
10.1080/01913120500313143
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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