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Mesothelioma symptoms


Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma symptoms may be similar to other conditions affecting the lungs or chest. Pleural effusion, a complication of the disease, is the buildup of fluid in the chest. It may cause difficulty breathing. Other signs include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Chest pain
  • A dry (sometimes painful) cough
  • Pain or difficulty breathing (pleurisy)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Weakness and/or fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Unexplained weight loss

Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms

Tumors that develop in the membrane lining the abdominal cavity may cause pain in that area of the body (the belly). Other signs include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Accumulation of fluid in the abdomen (swelling)
  • Diarrhea, constipation or other changes in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight loss

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The most common ways of being exposed are:

military asbestos


product asbestos


occupation asbestos


environment asbestos