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Mesothelioma is an extremely rare form of cancer that is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. As such, it can be extremely difficult to diagnose. The symptoms of mesothelioma can be commonly mistaken for other, less serious ailments. At times, the symptoms are too subtle and dismissed by the victim.
Patients can live with symptoms for up to 6 months before even being diagnosed. Mesothelioma also has a long latency period, meaning that symptoms may not arise for decades after the first exposure to asbestos took place.
The initial symptoms typically depend on the type of mesothelioma that the patient has.
Pleural mesothelioma symptoms consist of:
- Lower back pain
- Side chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty swallowing
- Persistent cough
- Weight loss
Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms consist of:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Fluid buildup in the abdomen
Additional symptoms may include anemia, blood clotting, bowel obstruction, and hemoptysis.
Learn more about mesothelioma diagnosis and treatment. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you were exposed to asbestos, you may be eligible to file a claim. Get a free mesothelioma consultation from our asbestosis lawyers in NJ or contact us for more information. You can also call us directly by dialing 866-613-9319.