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Symptoms of Mesothelioma

When asbestos fibers become airborne and are inhaled, the damage they do to the lungs and other organs can lead to several different major health conditions. One of the most dangerous is mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that damages the protective abdominal lining known as the mesothelium. The symptoms of mesothelioma will vary depending on its exact location – whether it is affecting the part of the mesothelium that covers the heart, lungs, or abdomen.

If you have worked with asbestos in the past, lived in a building that contained asbestos, or even lived with an asbestos worker, you could be at risk for mesothelioma. It is very important to see a doctor if you have experienced any recent changes in your health. Make sure your doctor is aware of your history of asbestos exposure, as this information can simplify the diagnosis process.

Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms

Pleural mesothelioma is located in the pleura, a segment of the mesothelium that covers and protects the lungs. About 60% of mesothelioma cases are classified as pleural mesothelioma. Unfortunately, the early symptoms of pleural mesothelioma can be vague, making diagnosis difficult.

Some potential warning signs of pleural mesothelioma that need medical attention include chest pains, constant feelings of fatigue, shortness of breath, and bloody phlegm.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms

The peritoneum is the part of the mesothelium that protects and holds in the organs of the lower abdomen. These include the liver, intestines, stomach, and other important organs. Peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for about 30% of all mesothelioma cases. Unfortunately, its early stages share symptoms with many other diseases, complicating diagnosis.

You need to contact your doctor if you have been exposed to asbestos in the past and are experiencing potential symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma, such as abdominal pain and swelling, anemia, and severe weight loss.

Pericardial Mesothelioma Symptoms

Pericardial mesothelioma attacks the pericardium, a part of the mesothelium that lines and protects the heart. It is the rarest form of mesothelioma, accounting for only about 5% of all cases. As with other forms of mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma can initially be mistaken for other conditions.

Some potential warning signs of pericardial mesothelioma include irregular heartbeats, shortness of breath, chest pain, and chronic fatigue. If you have suffered from these symptoms and were later diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart today by calling 800-781-3955 today.

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