A case of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma originating from chest wall complicated by benign asbestos pleural effusion

Respirol Case Rep. 2021 Jan 27;9(3):e00714. doi: 10.1002/rcr2.714. eCollection 2021 Mar.


A 78-year-old man with exposure to asbestos was admitted to our hospital for back pain. A chest computed tomography showed right pleural effusion and a significant increase in the size of masses in the right chest wall over an interval of six months. He did not undergo further examinations and expired one month later. Autopsy revealed the presence of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and complicated by benign asbestos pleural effusion. We considered that this tumour had originated from the soft tissue in the chest wall based on the radiological and autopsy findings. The present report highlights that primary DLBCL of chest wall might be associated with chronic inflammation due to asbestos-related pleural diseases.

Keywords: Asbestos; benign asbestos pleural effusion; chest wall lymphoma; diffuse large B‐cell lymphoma.

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