Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms
The peritoneum is the tissue that covers most of the organs in the abdominal cavity and is responsible for covering, supporting, and secreting the fluid that allows these organs to move against each other smoothly. Peritoneal mesothelioma causes fluid secretion which leads to abdominal swelling. The peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms also kill the healthy cells in the abdominal cavity and encourage the growth of abnormal cells that could spread to other parts of the body.
After exposure to asbestos, peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms can take up to 30 years to produce symptoms. Anyway, the period between diagnosis and death is shortest for this type of mesothelioma cancer. Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms are just one type of cancer caused by asbestos, and it is scarce.
In the early stages of the disease, when the fibers are moving into the peritoneum, there aren't any noticeable mesothelioma symptoms. However, once the inflammation begins, the first prominent symptom is usually an abdominal pain. Since abdominal pain can be associated with some different infections, viruses, and stomach ailments. Many sufferers don't immediately seek medical attention for their symptoms.
As the disease progresses, affected individuals will notice symptoms such as abdominal swelling (due to excess fluid retention), weight loss (even though waist size may be increasing), vomiting, breathing difficulties, nausea, loss of appetite, and weakness. In the next stages, symptoms such as bowel obstruction, anemia, fever, and new-onset hernia may present.
It usually is only after the individual has dealt with a number of these peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms for months that they finally seek medical attention.