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Mesothelioma Symptoms

The onset of mesothelioma symptoms is usually very slow.

Symptoms for Pleural Mesothelioma

  • Chest pain and pain in the lower back
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Muscle weakness and sensory loss
  • Swelling of the face and arms
  • Hoarseness
  • Coughing up blood

Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma

  • Abdominal bloating due to fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity Nausea & vomiting
  • Swelling of the feet
  • Fever
  • Impaired bowel function

Unfortunately, the early mesothelioma symptoms are often ignored or mistaken for minor ailments because they are not specific to the disease.

Therefore, it is critical to investigate one’s exposure to asbestos. While pain in the lower back or at the side of the chest, shortness of breath, trouble swallowing, cough, fever, sweating, fatigue and weight loss may be common to many minor ailments, it is the knowledge that these mesothelioma symptoms are present in a person with a high likelihood of asbestos exposure that should raise a red flag.

Mesothelioma symptoms and signs from mesotheliomas depend upon location of the mesothelioma, its size and whether it is benign or malignant. Benign forms of the disease are generally asymptomatic.

The symptomatology of malignant mesotheliomas is due to tumour growth resulting in invasion of surrounding structures and/or the production of fluid (pleural effusion, ascites, or pericardial effusion). Chest pain may be caused by invasion of the chest wall. Pleural effusion causes collapse of adjacent lung and shortness of breath.

Mesothelioma symptoms of distant spread are possible, but uncommon since the tumour is usually a local problem and blood borne spread is uncommon Patients with more advanced disease may be ill generally with fever, night sweats and weight loss. Involvement of the membrane around the heart (pericardium) may cause heart rhythm disturbances.

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