What Are the Different Types of Mesothelioma?

There are many different types of mesothelioma known to the medical world, each of which may develop in different ways and exhibit diverse symptoms. There are three essential types of mesothelioma and, while they all share a few common traits and a similar name, they can be quite different for several reasons. If you or someone you love has mesothelioma, make sure you know which type and how it differs from other forms of the disease.

Pleural Mesothelioma

The most common form of mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma affects the pleura, the lining in the lungs. Between 70-80% of all mesothelioma cancer patients suffer from this type of disease.

Sometimes the symptoms of this disease are confused with the common cold, as they include a dry cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing. However, in a CT scan, X-ray, or MRI scan, doctors should be able to identify pleural mesothelioma by the appearance of tumors or fluids in the lung lining.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Individuals with peritoneal mesothelioma often suffer tumors in the lining of the abdomen and surrounding organs. Even though this is technically the second most common form of mesothelioma, it still only occurs in about 20% of all mesothelioma patients. Usually, symptoms of this disease are associated with the abdominal region, and include stomach pain, bowel changes, nausea, vomiting, or weight loss.

Doctors can also diagnose this form of mesothelioma through the use of various imaging instruments and scans. In many cases, peritoneal mesothelioma is more difficult to treat because it can be quick to spread to other regions of the body.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Even though pericardial mesothelioma is rare, it can be extremely damaging. It affects the membranes that surround the heart, resulting in chest pain, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, or an irregular heartbeat. These symptoms are often caused by fluid buildup in the heart, caused by the cancer cells embedded there. Usually, this type of mesothelioma has a long latency period, which makes it even more difficult to detect and treat.

Even though these are the most common forms of mesothelioma, there are several others, and there are subsects of the three categories listed above. If you or someone you love was diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have a personal injury case on your hands. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, and is usually caused by asbestos exposure, a fiber found in dangerous workplaces and older homes and buildings. If someone you know was affected, act fast to seek justice and compensation.

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