Malignant mesothelioma in children: report of seven cases and review of the literature

Med Pediatr Oncol. 1981;9(4):367-73. doi: 10.1002/mpo.2950090409.


Seven children with malignant mesothelioma have been seen at Memorial Hospital since 1953. In six, the origin was at the pleura and in one at the peritoneum. None of the patients related a history of exposure to asbestos. Two patients lived more than five years. The other five patients died within two years of the diagnosis. Distant metastases were seen in four of the patients, including three who had metastases to brain. Surgery or radiotherapy were not effective in controlling the disease in most of the patients. One patient had a complete response to a combination of Adriamycin, cyclophosphamide, and vincristine and has remained free of disease for 5 1/2 years. The seven cases are reviewed, as are the other 42 cases of malignant mesothelioma in children reported in the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Brain Neoplasms / secondary
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery
  • Male
  • Mesothelioma / drug therapy
  • Mesothelioma / pathology*
  • Methotrexate / therapeutic use
  • Nitrogen Mustard Compounds / therapeutic use
  • Pericardium / surgery
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Pleural Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Remission, Spontaneous
  • Thiotepa / therapeutic use


  • Nitrogen Mustard Compounds
  • Thiotepa
  • Methotrexate