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J Med Case Rep. 2008 Apr 25;2:121. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-2-121.

Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma as a rare cause of ascites: a case report.

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Department of Gastroenterology, North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Warrington, UK.



Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare tumor with diagnostic and therapeutic problems. The peritoneum is the second most common site for development of mesothelioma, which in 30-45% of cases is associated with a synchronous pleural mesothelioma. Clinical symptoms and findings may be confusing and diagnosis can be easily overlooked especially in cases where there is no previous asbestos exposure.


We report a case of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma in a 75-year-old woman who presented with ascites which, in the absence of inhalational exposure to asbestos, caused diagnostic confusion, and evaded radiological detection.


We concluded from this case that Peritoneal Mesothelioma although rare but should be considered among the differential diagnosis of Ascites.

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