Papillary mesothelioma tumors are often inactive and benign
A minority of papillary mesothelioma cases are related to asbestos exposure.
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July 20, 2009 – Papillary mesothelioma is a rare variety of epithelial mesothelioma.
Papillary mesothelioma is considered to be of low malignant potential, or not likely to spread or invade other parts of the body.
Papillary mesothelioma and asbestos
While there is a definite relationship between asbestos and the four types of malignant mesothelioma, the majority of papillary mesothelioma cases have developed without any known asbestos exposure.
However, a number of patients involved in studies on papillary mesothelioma have had a history of asbestos exposure ranging from occupational, secondary and household exposure.
The typical forms of treatment are similar to traditional mesothelioma treatments and include surgery and multiple forms of chemotherapy.
Papillary mesothelioma tumors are benign
Papillary mesothelioma tumors cause little to no pain and are relatively inactive and benign, and often bear a good prognosis. However, occasional cases of a more aggressive nature have been reported. In benign papillary mesothelioma instances, high rates of recurrence are relatively common.
Papillary mesothelioma tumors commonly develop in the peritoneum of women (usually of reproductive age), which is the mesothelial lining of the abdominal cavity. A number of papillary mesothelioma cases have also occurred in the tunica vaginalis of the male reproductive system.
Other cases have been reported in the pericardium (the mesothelial lining of the heart), pleura (the mesothelial lining of the lungs), and ovaries.
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