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Case Rep Oncol Med. 2013;2013:570487. doi: 10.1155/2013/570487. Epub 2013 Oct 10.

Malignant mesothelioma after household exposure to asbestos.

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Saint Joseph Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine, 2900 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60657, USA.

Abstract

Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive cancer that has been closely linked to asbestos exposure. Initially recognized as an occupational cancer in male workers, MM was later found to occur in their family members as well. We report the case of an 89-year-old female who presented with abdominal distention, pain, and findings consistent with malignant ascites. Family history was significant for fatal mesothelioma in her husband of 40 years, who was a worker at a tile factory. The diagnosis of MM was confirmed on pathologic examination of the omental core biopsy.

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