Mesothelioma Symptoms

Mesothelioma is a condition with a long latency period that moves aggressively once it has reached an advanced stage. Though the cell death and subsequent mutations of surrounding cells may get their start immediately following exposure, the growth and spread of those cells into tumors that are large enough to cause symptoms and discomfort often take as long as fifty years. It is only when the tumors put pressure on the organs around them that people begin to feel discomfort, and by that point the condition is generally far too advanced for treatment to be effective.

Because mesothelioma can appear in several different locations, its symptoms can differ.

Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms

  • Pain in the Chest
  • Coughing or Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Lumps of Tissue under the Skin of the Chest
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Fever or Night Sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Pleural Effusions
  • Coughing up Blood

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms

  • Abdominal Swelling, Pain and Distention
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Abdominal Fluid Buildup
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Nausea

Pericardial Mesothelioma Symptoms

  • Chest Pain
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Murmur
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Fever or Night Sweats

Testicular Mesothelioma Symptoms

  • Fluid in the Scrotum
  • Swollen Testicles
  • Lump in the Scrotum
  • Pain in the Testes

In the most commonly diagnosed forms of mesothelioma — which appear in the chest or the abdomen — the condition’s earliest symptoms closely resemble those of common, benign conditions. Patients may believe that a cough or chest pain is a result of a cold, bronchitis, or even pneumonia. Abdominal pain may be mistaken for a stomach bug, or constipation.

This type of mistake often creates a delay in the patient seeking medical attention, and their physician offering an initial treatment for the most likely – and least dangerous – condition. This mistake postpones diagnosis and the beginning of much-needed treatment. Because of this, it is essential that anybody who is aware that they have previously been exposed to asbestos not only keeps their potential for risk in mind, but also makes sure that their exposure is included in all their medical documentation.

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