Painful Scrotum: Sign of Malignant Mesothelioma of the Tunica Vaginalis
Scrotal swelling and pain are potential early symptoms of malignant mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis.
07/06/2012 // Mesothelioma Lawyer 911
Malignant Mesothelioma (MM) of the tunica vaginalis is a very rare disease and has particular early stage symptoms like swelling and pain in the scrotum. This is according to the recently published article in the Journal of Surgical Case Reports. This type of cancer is very difficult to treat as it lacks distinct symptoms that can make detection a lot easier. This leads to difficulty in conducting diagnosis before surgery.
A case report of a 54-year old man who has no asbestos exposure history and has experienced scrotal swelling and pain in a short period of time was subjected to a study of MM of the tunica vaginalis. His ultrasound report revealed suspicious lump on his tunica vaginalis. This lump suggests the occurrence of mesothelioma.
After the ultrasound, an exisicional biopsy was conducted, report of the exam showed a malignant mesothelioma. The patient was then treated with radical inguinal orchidectomy and hemiscrotectomy.
MM of the tunica vaginalis can only be treated through surgery. As most cases are already in late stage of diagnosis, a second surgical operation is commonly done to remove the remaining tissue. The most recommended surgical treatments for this type of malignancy are radical inguinal orchidectomy and hemiscrotectomy.
On the other hand, though there are no studies that support radiation or chemotherapy as a factor that can affect the disease’s vulnerability to treatments, some researchers believe that it has some kinds of indirect effect.
The case report reveals the survival rate of patients suffering from malignant mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis is from 26 to 36 months. This is the result with or without any kinds of treatments being administered. On the other hand, younger patients (not older than 60 years old) have better survival rate compared to older ones. Though this is the case, younger patients have the worse survival rate when the disease has already spread from one organ to the other.
About Malignant Mesothelioma
Malignant Mesothelioma commonly occurs in the outer linings of the lungs and rarely occurs in the tunica vaginalis of the testis. Most patients diagnosed with MM are mostly old people in their sixties though there are also a few younger ones. One third of the mesothelioma population has history of asbestos exposure.
Malignant mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis
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