Understanding Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms

Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms

The pleural is the membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the wall of the chest cavity. A pleural mesothelioma is a form of asbestos cancer. Early symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may at first seem like those associated with common ailments. Therefore, it often takes up to three months after the onset of pleural mesothelioma symptoms for people to seek medical care. Lower back pain and/or discomfort on the side of the chest are very common early pleural mesothelioma symptoms. Other pleural mesothelioma symptoms are:

  • Pain in the lower back
  • Fatigue
  • Pain on the side of the chest
  • Weight loss Shortness of breath
  • Trouble swallowing Cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Fever
  • Swelling of the face and arms
  • Sweating Muscle weakness

If you have any of these pleural mesothelioma symptoms and have had prior asbestos exposure, a pleural mesothelioma diagnosis can be made through a thorough physical exam, diagnostic imaging and tissue and fluid samples. Pleural mesothelioma can affect the lining of the chest wall or lungs. Pleural mesothelioma may cause a fluid buildup in the chest cavity – this is called pleural effusion. As the disease advances, it can spread to lymph nodes, from one side of the chest wall lining to the other, and to other parts of the body. The spread of the disease is called metastasis.

If you or your family member have been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma symptoms, or have experienced asbestos exposure, a mesothelioma lawyer may be able to provide help.

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