Mesothelioma (benign-fibrous)

Definition
Benign mesothelioma is a noncancerous tumor of the pleura (lining of the lung and chest cavity).

Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Nonmalignant mesothelioma is usually a localized tumor that affects men more frequently than women. The tumor may grow to a large size and compress the lung, causing the symptoms of Shortness of breath.

Symptoms

Signs and tests

During a physical examination, the health care provider may notice a clubbed appearance of the fingers.

Tests that may show mesothelioma include the following:

Treatment
Surgery is usually necessary for a solitary tumor.

Expectations (prognosis)
The outcome is expected to be good with prompt treatment.

Complications
pleural effusion (fluid escaping into the membranes around the lungs) is a complication.

Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you notice symptoms of mesothelioma.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 8, 2012
by Armen E. Martirosyan, M.D.

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