Non-incisional pleurectomy/decortication for malignant mesothelioma after cardiac surgery

Thorac Cancer. 2022 Jan;13(1):126-128. doi: 10.1111/1759-7714.14231. Epub 2021 Nov 20.


A 70-year-old man diagnosed with right-sided malignant epithelial pleural mesothelioma, underwent pleurectomy/decortication after three courses of neoadjuvant chemotherapy. He had a history of mitral valve replacement and maze procedure with median sternotomy, and the procedures resulted in strong adhesion from the apex to the mediastinal side. In particular, the peeling of the area where the tumor invaded the pericardium required the most attention; however, the involved pericardium could be partially resected without damaging the right atrium. Finally, en bloc macroscopic complete resection with the entire pleura was successfully performed without conversion to extrapleural pneumonectomy.

Keywords: cardiac surgery; malignant epithelial pleural mesothelioma; pleurectomy/decortication.

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