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Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 570487, 4 pages
Case Report

Malignant Mesothelioma after Household Exposure to Asbestos

1Saint Joseph Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine, 2900 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
2Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Received 16 August 2013; Accepted 10 September 2013

Academic Editors: G. P. Vandoros and N. Yoshimura

Copyright © 2013 Raya Saba et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive cancer that has been closely linked to asbestos exposure. Initially recognized as an occupational cancer in male workers, MM was later found to occur in their family members as well. We report the case of an 89-year-old female who presented with abdominal distention, pain, and findings consistent with malignant ascites. Family history was significant for fatal mesothelioma in her husband of 40 years, who was a worker at a tile factory. The diagnosis of MM was confirmed on pathologic examination of the omental core biopsy.