Mesothelioma and Dentistry

Mesothelioma is the cancer of the mesothelium caused by asbestos. Mesothelium is the sac like covering around most of the internal organs. What is the relationship between mesothelioma and dentistry?? Well when I was reading about mesothelioma I found some abstracts in the literature which made me think, what if these where the patients I was treating. One case was of a mesothelioma patient developing pleuro-pericarditis following a dental surgery. The data suggested it was from a bug in the oral cavity. Another case reported was of metastatic malignant mesothelioma in the mandible. The occurrence of such a lesion in oral cavity is very rare, but should be considered when the patient has a highly metastatic neoplasm in any region.

The above cases puts across the point that no doubt the occurrence of a particular lesion may be however rare, it should not be ruled out and as a clinicians we should be aware and ready to handle it. There are many sites that you can read about mesothelioma. It is rare to find one website which covers all about it in detail. One such site which covers this topic in great depth is This site is a good reading for you and as well as for your patients who want to get all the mesothelioma information. All topics starting from the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatments and clinical trail information are dealt with in an elaborately yet simple to read fashion. Most of the patients of mesothelioma need to see lawyers and for this purpose lawyers by each state is listed on this website. One interesting thing that I noted on this website was that information on mesothelioma law is listed by state. For example it lists that death because of mesothelioma in Ohio has been high, and under New York it mentions that asbestos was used in every household during 1950’s. This specific information on each state would be very useful to us as clinicians and also to our patients. So if you have a old patient on your dental chair who you think might have had increased exposure to asbestos, then you need to put in that little bit of extra effort to see that patient is not showing and signs of possible malignancy. You and your patient both might need to read about mesothelioma law or mesothelioma information, the site I would recommend for reading all about it would be We as doctor need to play our part in looking after the welfare of the patients. This we can done by being aware and observant towards those rare possibility like mesothelioma in a patient on our dental chair.


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