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Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2015 Jul-Aug;18(4):327-30. doi: 10.2350/14-06-1511-CR.1. Epub 2015 Apr 9.

An 8-Year-Old Child with Malignant Deciduoid Mesothelioma of the Abdomen: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature.

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1 Department of Pathology, Rabin Medical Center, Petach Tikva, affiliated with Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2 Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel.
3 Department of Pathology, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel.
4 Department of Surgical Oncology, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel.
5 Department of Surgery, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel.


Malignant mesothelioma is an uncommon tumor that usually arises in the pleural cavity of adults with a history of asbestos exposure. Less frequently, it appears in the peritoneum or other mesothelial surfaces. Deciduoid mesothelioma is a rare subtype that has been found at both sites. Of the 3 reported cases in children, 2 originated in the mesenterium and 1 in the pleura. We describe a 4th case of pediatric, malignant, deciduoid mesothelioma and a third case in the mesenteric cavity. The patient was an 8-year-old girl who presented with abdominal pain and fullness. Workup revealed extensive involvement of the abdomen by a serosa-based tumor. The clinical and pathologic findings are described, and the pertinent literature is reviewed.


deciduoid subtype; malignant mesothelioma; mesenterium; pediatric

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