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Malignant pleural mesothelioma

Pleurectomy and decortication.

Pleurectomy and decortication.

Ann Transl Med. 2017 Jun;5(11):246

Authors: Vlahu T, Vigneswaran WT

Abstract
Pleurectomy and decortication (P/D) improve survival and quality of life in selected patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The operative procedure was not standardized until recently. The goal of the operation is to perform a macroscopic complete resection of the tumor. This often involves resection of the parietal and visceral pleura and invariably a partial or complete resection and prosthetic reconstruction of ipsilateral hemidiaphragm. We describe our operative planning and technique as well as outcomes of P/D reported in current literature.

PMID: 28706914 [PubMed]

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