Unfortunately, many individuals with mesothelioma do not display any symptoms until 20-50 years after exposure to asbestos occurs. The symptoms often tend to resemble less serious conditions, which can make diagnosis difficult.
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What’s the problem?
The early symptoms of mesothelioma are generally non-specific, and may lead to a delay in diagnosis. Sometimes resembling viral pneumonia, mesothelioma patients may experience shortness of breath, chest pain and / or shortness of breath. Less common symptoms include fever, night sweats, and weight loss.
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). Pleural effusion is broken down into two categories, transudates and exudates. A transudate is a clear fluid that forms not because the pleural surfaces are diseased, but because of an imbalance between the normal production and removal of the fluid. The most common cause of transudative fluid is congestive heart failure. An exudate, which is often cloudy and contains many cells and proteins, results from disease of the pleura itself, and is common to mesothelioma.
Symptoms vary depending on the type of mesothelioma a patient has. Peritoneal mesothelioma patients may display symptoms such as abdominal swelling, changes in bowel movement and development of lumps under the skin on the abdomen. Patients with pericardial mesothelioma may experience heart palpitations, chest pain, difficulty breathing and fever or night sweats. Testicular mesothelioma patients may notice testicular lumps.
Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
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