Non-Hodgkin lymphoma of the testis and malignant mesothelioma of the pleura in the same patient

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Claudio Bianchi
Tommaso Bianchi
Sergio Bucconi


non-Hodgkin lymphoma, testis, mesothelioma, pleura, asbestos, multiple malignancies


A 73-year-old man with a history of occupational exposure to asbestos in shipbuilding industry underwent right orchiectomy for non-Hodgkin, diffuse, large B cell lymphoma. Nine months later a right pleural mesothelioma was diagnosed. At autopsy, metastatic mesothelioma of the right pleura was observed. Markers of asbestos exposure (pleural plaques and lung asbestos bodies) were detected. The co-existence of lymphoma and asbestos-related mesothelioma has repeatedly been reported. The possibility of common etiological factors (immune impairment induced by asbestos) has to be considered.


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