Gallium scanning in differentiating malignant from benign asbestos-related pleural disease Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Asbestosis
  • Gallium Radioisotopes
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural Neoplasms

abstract

  • In order to assess the utility of 67gallium citrate in delineating malignant pleural mesothelioma from benign asbestos-related pleural disease, 49 patients with malignant mesothelioma and 16 with benign asbestos-related pleural disease were studied. Seven patients with malignant mesothelioma had no history of asbestos exposure, while the remaining 58 patients were exposed. Forty-three of the 49 patients (88%) with malignant mesothelioma had a positive 67gallium scan including 36 of the 42 (86%) patients with asbestos exposure and all 7 patients without a history of asbestos exposure. Three of 16 patients (19%) with benign asbestos-related pleural disease had a positive scan. 67Gallium radionuclide imaging is nonspecific but may be valuable in noninvasive monitoring of asbestos-exposed populations, which have a high risk for the late development of benign and/or malignant pleural disease.

publication date

  • January 1986

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 3717172

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 487

end page

  • 94

volume

  • 9

number

  • 5