Multicystic Peritoneal Mesothelioma (MPM). Need and Place of Second-Look

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Multicystic Peritoneal Mesothelioma (MPM). Need and Place of Second-Look


Salah Berkane1, FaizaTaib1, Sabeha Belhouas1, Meriem Dehal1, Fatiha Berrebiha, Hadjer Ouahabi1, Salim. Belkherchi2


1Departement of Visceral and Oncological Unit. Ibn Ziri Hospital, Algiers, Faculty of Medicine of Algiers, Algeria
2Departement of teaching and General Surgery, Khelil Amrane Hospital, Bejaia

*Corresponding author: Prof Salah Berkane, Head of Department of Visceral and Oncological Surgery, Ibn Ziri Hospital, Algeria.
Citation: Berkane S, Taib F, Belhouas S, Dehal M, Berrebiha F, Ouahabi H, et al. (2022) Multicystic Peritoneal Mesothelioma (MPM). Need and Place of Second-Look. J Can Ther Res. 3(1):1-4.

Received:  February 15, 2023 | Published: February 28, 2023

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Polycystic péritonéal mesothelioma (MPP) is a rare and benign condition. Its treatment is surgical. After surgical resection, MPP tends to recur in the peritoneal cavity. Our observation concerns a 30-year-old patient with a history of non-specific abdominal pain evolving for a year. She was operated on urgently and benefited from a resection of cystic lesions disseminated in the peritoneal cavity in addition to an appendectomy. The peritoneal cancer index (PCI) was estimated at 12 points. The postoperative course was simple. The histological study was in favor of a polycystic péritonéal mesothelioma. Despite the fact that the patient was asymptomatic and a normal CT scan 3 months postoperatively, a second look was retained and the patient was operated on again. Residual cystic lesions of 04 to 15mm were highlighted and resected. This surgery was associated with intraperitoneal chemotherapy based on 150mg of Cisplatin over 5 days. The postoperative course was simple and the patient was discharged from the service on the 10th postoperative day.  A 3rd intervention by laparoscopic approach was carried out five years later for the exploration of primary sterility. The latter found a cyst of the left ovary and a hydrosalpinx which were resected She is alive and without recurrence at 108 months. Conclusion: Faced with polycystic péritonéal mesothelioma for which there is doubt about radical resection, additional surgery using a second look should be considered. This attitude makes it possible to avoid residual recurrence, which is quite frequent in this disease.


Polycystic mesothelioma; Complete radical resection; Tumor recurrences; Second-Look

Polycystic peritoneal mesothelioma (MPP) is a rare condition, representing 30% of mesothelioma. MPP is a form of mesothelioma first described in 1979 by Mennemeyer and Smith [1]. Its management is surgical and requires radical resection of all the lesions [2].

Case Report

This is a 30-year-old patient who has no medical or surgical history other than nonspecific abdominal pain that has been evolving for a year. She was admitted urgently for an acute appendicular syndrome to another department of a regional hospital. Intraoperative exploration found cystic lesions disseminated throughout the peritoneal cavity and more concentrated at the level of the greater omentum. These predominantly translucent lesions range from a few millimeters to several centimeters (Fig. 1, 2 and 3). The peritoneal cancer index (PCI) was estimated at 12 points. An appendectomy was performed with partial omentectomy and resection of other lesions on request. The postoperative course was simple. The histological study of the surgical specimens was in favor of an MPP. The clinical examination, the biological examinations and the postoperative abdomino pelvic computed tomography (Fig. n°4 and n°5) were without abnormalities. Faced with the risks of resection of an incomplete resection of the lesions and after discussion with her surgeon, we decided to operate the patient again 3 months after the intervention.
The intraoperative exploration of this 2nd intervention after the realization of a peritoneal cytology, highlighted the presence of some loose adhesions between the large remaining omentum and the abdominal wall as well as the presence of 5 to 6 cystic lesions next to the right colic angle, another located on the pavilion of the left fallopian tube and finally another smaller one on the pavilion of the right fallopian tube. These lesions were between 4mm to 14mm in diameter. Other lesions in the form of firm nodules are located on the greater omentum. An additional omentectomy was performed combined with resection of all suspicious lesions. The intervention was completed by the placement of drains for the performance of immediate postoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy combining ascites with 2.5 liters of physiological saline and 75mg of Cisplatin after removal of 10cc of peritoneal fluid for a cytological study at the end of the procedure intervention. Chemotherapy was followed over 4 postoperative days with emptying and filling of the peritoneal cavity with 2 liters of saline and 25mg of Cisplatin. The postoperative course was simple and the patient was discharged from the service on the 10th postoperative day. The histology study confirms the diagnosis of benign polycystic mesothelioma on 6 resected lesions while on others, it was postoperative inflammatory reactions. The peritoneal cytology at the start and end of the procedure was benign with the presence of only active and regular mesothelial cells. The postoperative course of this 2nd intervention was also simple. Five years after the 2nd operation, this patient was explored for primary sterility with the discovery of an ovarian cyst of the left ovary and an ipsilateral hydrosalpinx. A laparoscopic approach was performed for a right ovarian cyst associated with hydrosalpinx. A cystectomy and dissection of the hydrosalpinx was performed. This intervention had simple consequences. This patient is alive without recurrence at 108 months.
Figure n°1: Operative view (First surgery).


MPP is a benign condition whose etiology is currently unknown and only hypotheses are put forward. It occurs mainly in women of childbearing age and is under the influence of female hormones [3]. But cases in young men have been reported [4,5]. Malignant transformation has been reported [6].
Macroscopically, it can present from the form of a single multilocular cyst to several cysts, the most frequent form as in our observation and giving rise to the rather evocative "cluster" appearance. The cysts have a thin translucent wall and contain a serious or gelatinous fluid, more or less hemorrhagic. These cysts vary in size from a few millimeters to more than 30 cm. The cysts are separated by conjunctivovascular partitions which can harbor a population of more or less abundant acute or chronic inflammatory cells, as well as haemorrhagic changes. In these partitions, we sometimes find isolated mesothelial cells, arranged in nests or organized in small glandular structures. These sometimes-vacuolated mesothelial cells can simulate a bezel-ring appearance.
Microscopically, cysts are most often lined by a single layer of mesothelial cells. Microscopically, cysts are most often lined by a single layer of flattened or cubic mesothelial cells. The cells are sometimes hyperplastic with some atypia identical to those observed during reactive mesothelial proliferations. These cells may also form small papillary projections in the lumen of cysts. We can also find areas of adenomatoid or squamous metaplasia. More rarely, the mesothelial cells desquamate and float in the lumen of the cysts. The immunohistochemical study highlights the mesothelial profile of these cells which express the cytokeratins AE1E3, Cam 5.2, Calretinin, EMA and HMBE1 and do not express ACE, CD 15 and0020BerEP4 [7]. The etiology of polycystic mesothelioma remains obscure. It is not linked to exposure to asbestos, but certain factors seem to favor its outbreak such as previous abdominal or pelvic surgery, locoregional inflammatory pathology, endometriosis, suggesting for some authors the "reactive" nature of this lesion rather than neoplastic [8].