What causes vascular sarcomas of the pleura?

Updated: Dec 25, 2019
  • Author: Joseph F Tomashefski, Jr, MD; more...
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Epithelioid angiosarcomas of the pleura have been causally linked to chronic pyothorax due to tuberculosis, mainly in Japan. [30, 31] There may also be an association between angiosarcoma of the serosal membranes and prior radiation exposure. [32] Although a few cases of pleural angiosarcoma have been reported in persons exposed to asbestos, there are insufficient data to conclude that epithelioid angiosarcomas are causally linked to asbestos. [3, 33, 34]

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