Researchers document first known case of liver, omentum mesothelioma co-existence

2 Aug 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

40792 2017 342 Fig1 HTML 100x100 Researchers document first known case of liver, omentum mesothelioma co existence Malignant most commonly affects the lining of the lungs, known as the pleura, but because it can affect other tissues, the disease may present in the stomach, heart, testicles and less frequently the liver and greater omentum. A recent Japanese study is the first to ever describe the co-existence of in the liver and the omentum, a fat layers that helps support the lower abdominal organs.

The study, titled “Multiple malignant epithelioid mesotheliomas of the liver and greater omentum: a case report and review of the literature,” documents the case of a 36-year-old woman who was admitted to a Japanese hospital for the evaluation of “an elastic hard mass in the right upper abdomen,” which was officially diagnosed as low-grade multiple malignant epithelioid . She underwent surgery to remove part of her liver and omentum. After six months, she has shown no disease recurrence.

Very little is known about these two types of , with only 12 cases reported and only two of those being described in literature. The most recent study describes not only the first literature on the co-existence of the in the liver and omentum, but the youngest female case ever reported, as the average age of the 12 cases was 58.4 years. Of the 12 cases, researchers report only one had a direct link to exposure to asbestos, a group of silicate minerals once used in a variety of industrial and manufacturing processes and products is now known to cause cancers. It is most often responsible for pleural mesothelioma.

 

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