This comprehensive yet practical text reviews the pathology of neoplastic and non-neoplastic conditions of the pleura and peritoneum, with a particular focus on mesothelioma. The anatomy and embryology of serous membranes are discussed, and the causes, epidemiology, and clinical and radiologic features of malignant mesothelioma are reviewed. A comprehensive review of immunostains used for diagnosing serous membrane lesions is given, current treatment options for patients are outlined. The markers of asbestos exposure and their significance are also assessed. The pathology of non-neoplastic conditions of serous membranes, from peritoneal cysts and endometriosis to deciduosis and gliomatosis peritonei are also covered, as are lymphomas and soft tissue tumors in serous membranes. This makes Practical Pathology of Serous Membranes an essential resource for effective diagnosis.
List of contributors; Preface; 1. The mesothelium: embryology, anatomy and biology Thomas Krausz and Stephanie McGregor; 2. Classification of neoplastic and non-neoplastic lesions of the serosal surfaces Alberto M. Marchevsky; 3. Multi-modality imaging of pleural and peritoneal disease Jane Cunningham and Ritu R. Gill; 4. Processing of pleural and peritoneal biopsies Francoise Galateau-Salle; 5. Cytology of pleural and peritoneal lesions Shikha Bose; 6. Surgical pathology of non-neoplastic conditions of the pleura, pericardium and peritoneum A. Valeria Arrossi and Fadi Abdul-Karim; 7. Surgical pathology of benign lesions of mesothelial origin Aliya N. Husain and Marina Ivanovic; 8. Epidemiology, etiology and pathogenesis of malignant mesothelioma Alberto M. Marchevsky; 9. Pathologic 'markers' of above background asbestos exposure Allen Gibbs; 10. Molecular aspects of malignant mesothelioma and other tumors of the pleura and peritoneum Sanja Dacic; 11. Pathology of malignant mesothelioma Alberto. M. Marchevsky, Francoise Galateau-Salle, Lucian Chirieac and Aliya N. Husain; 12. Surgical treatment of pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma Sean C. Wightman, Eugene A. Choi and Wickii T. Vigneswaran; 13. Non-surgical treatment of malignant mesothelioma Manuel Fernandez-Bruno, Silvia Fernandez, Macarena Gonzalez, Jordi Remon and Pilar Lianes; 14. Primary carcinoma of the pleura and peritoneum Bonnie Balzer; 15. Lymphoid malignancies of the pleura and peritoneum Richard Attanoos; 16. Mesenchymal and other unusual tumors of the pleura and peritoneum Nicole A. Ciprani and Peter Pytel.