Benign mesothelioma is a noncancerous tumor of the lining of the lung and chest cavity, an area called the pleura.
It is also called solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura.
See also: Malignant mesothelioma
This type of tumor more often affects men than women.
Treatment is usually 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 return up to 10 years later.
Fluid escaping into the membranes around the lungs (pleural effusion) is a complication.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you notice symptoms of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma - benign; Mesothelioma - fibrous; Pleural fibroma; Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura
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Review Date 8/25/2014
Updated by: Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Allergy, and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.