How is pseudomesotheliomatous carcinoma staged?

Updated: Dec 25, 2019
  • Author: Joseph F Tomashefski, Jr, MD; more...
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Pseudomesotheliomatous adenocarcinoma spreads within the pleural space. Owing to frequent invasion of chest wall, diaphragm, or mediastinal pleura, patients present at a primary tumor classification of T3. Those with malignant pleural effusion are classed as T4. Patients usually present with advanced disease of stage IIIB or IV. [46] Metastases from pseudomesotheliomatous adenocarcinoma have a distribution that is similar to those of metastatic lung carcinoma in general, with frequent metastatic sites being adrenal glands, lymph nodes, liver, and brain. [4]


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