We reviewed the cytologic findings in pleural effusions of 36 patients in whom a diffuse epithelioid or biphasic malignant mesothelioma of the pleura developed between 1978 and 1988. Malignant neoplasms were diagnosed in 26 (72%) of the 36 patients. A specific diagnosis of a mesothelioma was rendered or suspected in 64% (23/36 patients). Mesothelioma was favored over adenocarcinoma in 81% (29/36) of patients with positive fluid cytologic findings. The contribution of effusion cytology to the final diagnosis and patient treatment was assessed. These data suggested that a cytologic diagnosis contributed useful information in most patients with malignant epithelioid and biphasic pleural mesotheliomas.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine|
|State||Published - 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Medical Laboratory Technology