New Case Report Highlights Need for Better Mesothelioma Diagnosis, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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The newly published case of a Japanese man whose mesothelioma went undiagnosed until after he died points to the importance of suspecting and testing for mesothelioma early.

Diagnosed Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

The Challenge of Mesothelioma Diagnosis

When chronic chest pain of unknown cause is observed... actions to prevent delay in diagnosis should be taken

Doctors who missed a case of mesothelioma in a 70-year-old Japanese truck driver are calling on their colleagues to recognize the signs of mesothelioma and push for a diagnosis, especially in people exposed to asbestos. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted details of the report on its website. Click here to read it now.

Researchers at Gifu Prefectural Tajimi Hospital in Japan say the patient complained of one-sided chest pain - a common mesothelioma symptom - for seven months before he died.

“When chronic chest pain of unknown cause is observed and past exposure to asbestos is suspected, actions to prevent delay in diagnosis should be taken, including testing for suspicion of malignant pleural mesothelioma,” writes author Daizo Yaguuchi, MD.

According to the article in Case Reports in Oncology, multiple tests, including CT, thoracentesis, FDG-PET, and thoracoscopy failed to definitively diagnose the man’s malignant pleural mesothelioma.

“This case illustrates just how difficult it can be to diagnose mesothelioma and how important it is for doctors and patients to be diligent when this rare cancer is suspected,” says Alex Strauss, Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor.

Read details of the case report and learn more about mesothelioma symptoms and diagnosis in The Challenge of Diagnosing Malignant Mesothelioma, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Yaguuchi, D, et al, “An Autopsied Case of Malignant Sarcomatoid Pleural Mesothelioma in Which Chest Pain Developed Several Months Earlier without Abnormality on Imaging”, October 21, 2015, Case Reports in Oncology, pp. 439-446.

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