Approaching the diagnosis of diffuse malignant mesothelioma

Timothy Craig Allen

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Diffuse malignant mesothelioma’s (DMM) rarity, histologic diversity, and significant medical-legal implications all are confounding factors for accurate diagnosis. However, because DMM has a dismal prognosis and very limited treatment options, accurate diagnosis is paramount. Adequate biopsy tissue is a prerequisite to accurate diagnosis. In order to avoid the numerous potential diagnostic pitfalls attendant with its diagnosis, cases of suspected DMM should frequently be clinical and radiologic findings. Pathologists must maintain the highest level of professionalism and diagnostic accuracy when considering DMM diagnosis, and judicious consultation with a pulmonary pathologist with expertise in DMM diagnosis is suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiffuse Malignant Mesothelioma
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781493923748
ISBN (Print)9781493923731
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Adequacy
  • Biopsy
  • Diagnosis
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Lawsuit
  • Medical-legal
  • Mesothelioma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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