In the medical community, effusion refers to the escape of fluid from a vessel into a body cavity. Mesothelioma patients may experience certain types of effusion as a result of their exposure to asbestos.
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What’s the problem?
One of the most common symptoms of mesothelioma is a pleural effusion, or an accumulation of fluid between the parietal pleura (the pleura covering the chest wall and diaphragm) and the visceral pleura (the pleura covering the lungs). Both of these membranes are covered with mesothelial cells which, under normal conditions, produce a small amount of fluid that acts as a lubricant between the chest wall and the lung. Any excess fluid is absorbed by blood and lymph vessels maintaining a balance. When too much fluid forms, the result is an effusion.
Mesothelioma patients may also develop pericardial effusion, a condition that occurs when an abnormal amount of fluid is present in the pericardium, the sac surrounding the heart. This can put pressure on the heart, causing reduced heart function. Patients with pericardial effusion may experience chest pains and the feeling of pressure on the chest. A procedure known as pericardiocentesis may be utilized to treat the condition. The procedure involves the removal of fluid from the pericardium.
Mesothelioma effusion can be detected easily. When a doctor taps the chest area of the patient the sound it makes is not hollow as it should, but full and dull. Also, some basic X-rays will be useful in diagnosing the condition. Effusion is one of the basic symptoms of mesothelioma that should be a clear sign of cancer to any doctor.
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