Clear cell mesothelioma presenting as an incarcerated abdominal hernia
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030, USA.Archiv für Pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und für Klinische Medicin (Impact Factor: 2.65). 12/2005; 447(5):823-7. DOI: 10.1007/s00428-005-0023-2
A clear cell mesothelioma presenting as an incarcerated ventral abdominal hernia in a 67-year-old man who had no history of asbestos exposure is described. The cause of the cytoplasmic clearing was the presence of large amounts of glycogen. Although uncommon, this variant of mesothelioma is important to recognize because it can be easily confused with other clear cell tumors involving the serosal membranes. Significant recent advances in the immunohistochemistry of epithelioid mesothelioma are briefly reviewed because immunohistochemical studies can be helpful in establishing the correct diagnosis.
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ABSTRACT: Malignant mesotheliomas of the hernial sac are uncommon and only a few cases have been diagnosed incidentally during herniorrhaphy procedures. The prognosis is poor and patient management is difficult because current treatment modalities do little to prolong survival. Molecular markers could be useful to identify potential therapeutic targets. Using microarray-comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH), two cases of peritoneal mesothelioma that were found incidentally at the time of hernia repair, were investigated. A high number of genetic aberrations was detected in both cases. The gains were prevalent. The tumors showed identical lost regions at 2q13, 6q25.3, 6q26, 6q26-->q27, 9q31.1-->9q31.3, 10p15.3, 11q13.2, 13q14.2, 19q13.42-->q43, and gains at 1p36.33, 3q29, 5p15.33, 7p22.3, 10p15.1-->10p14, 11q13.2, 12q24.23, 12q24.33, 16p13.3, 17p13.3, 18p11.31, 19q13.43, 21q21.1-->q21.2, 22q11.1-->q11.22, Xp21.2, Xq28. Survival was longer in the patient with a lower total number of genetic defects. aCGH provides a high-resolution map of copy number changes that may be critical to mesothelioma progression.Pathology International 06/2009; 59(6):415-21. DOI:10.1111/j.1440-1827.2009.02387.x · 1.69 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Primary pleural epithelioid mesothelioma with clear cell morphology is a particularly rare neoplasm, with only a few documented cases. Here, the authors report a case of a 76-year-old man, with a history of asbestos exposure, admitted for mild dyspnea. Radiologic examination revealed right pleural effusion and pleural thickening. Cytological examination of aspirated pleural samples was consistent with non-small cell carcinoma. Histological examination of the resected, via VATS, plural specimens was consistent with the diagnosis of clear cell epithelioid mesothelioma. The authors further analyze the main morphological and immunohistochemical features of clear cell epithelioid mesothelioma, emphasizing the algorithm for excluding other clear cell tumors metastatic to the pleura.Ultrastructural Pathology 12/2011; 35(6):267-70. DOI:10.3109/01913123.2011.606965 · 1.08 Impact Factor
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