Benign mesothelioma is a noncancerous
It is also called solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura.
Mesothelioma – benign; Mesothelioma – fibrous; Pleural fibroma; Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
This type of tumor more often affects men than women.
About half of the people with this type of tumor do not show any symptoms.
If the tumor grows to a large size and pushes on the lung, it can lead to symptoms, such as:
- Shortness of breath
Signs and tests
During a physical examination, the health care provider may notice a clubbed appearance of the fingers. The tumor is usually found by accident when a
Other tests that may show benign mesothelioma include:
CT scan of the chest Open lung biopsy
Treatment is usually needed to remove the tumor.
The outcome is expected to be good with prompt treatment. The condition may return in about 1 out of 10 cases. It may reoccur as long as 10 years later.
Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you notice symptoms of mesothelioma.