Pleural fluid cytological yield and visceral pleural invasion in patients with epithelioid malignant pleural mesothelioma.

@article{Pinelli2012PleuralFC,
  title={Pleural fluid cytological yield and visceral pleural invasion in patients with epithelioid malignant pleural mesothelioma.},
  author={Valentina Pinelli and Sophie Laroumagne and Lama Sakr and Alberto Valsecchi and Gian Franco Tassi and Philippe Astoul},
  journal={Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer},
  year={2012},
  volume={7 3},
  pages={595-8}
}
INTRODUCTION Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive malignancy arising from mesothelial cells lining the pleura. Most commonly, it presents as a unilateral pleural effusion. MPM usually develops on the parietal pleural surface and later spreads to the visceral pleura. Visceral pleural involvement entails a more advanced disease stage and is therefore an important prognostic factor. Pleural fluid (PF) cytology is often the first diagnostic test, but the sensitivity in the… CONTINUE READING
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