Have You Been Exposed to Asbestos?
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a type of malignant mesothelioma cancer that
develops in the membrane lining the abdominal cavity, which is known as
the peritoneum. Like other types of mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma
occurs as a result of
exposure to asbestos.
As the second most common type of mesothelioma, behind only
pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for approximately 20% of all cases of
asbestos-related cancer diseases. Only about 40% of patients diagnosed
with peritoneal mesothelioma qualify for surgery with heated chemotherapy
(HIPEC), but only 50% of those who undergo this treatment live for more
than five years.
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What Peritoneal Mesothelioma Does
There are two layers of the peritoneal lining, which are the parietal peritoneum
and the visceral peritoneum. The parietal peritoneum envelops the abdominal
cavity and stretches to the heart and lungs. The visceral peritoneum covers
the upper part of the intestinal tract and the internal organs.
Both linings are comprised of cells that act as lubricators, secreting
a fluid that permits the linings and organs to move against each other
without friction. Patients with peritoneal mesothelioma are forced to
deal with a disease that damages these layers by causing the inflamed
cells of the peritoneal tissue to produce too much fluid, which fills
the abdominal cavity. Consequently, the buildup of fluid applies pressure
to the surrounding organs and, as symptoms persist and worsen, the lungs
are eventually compressed to the point to which they are unable to function
at their proper capacity.
Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms include:
- Blood clotting disorder
- Bowel obstruction
- Coughing without signs of respiratory infection
- Difficulty swallowing (esophageal dysphagia)
- Hoarse or husky voice
- Loss of appetite and nausea
- Pain in chest or abdomen
- Peritoneal effusion
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- The abdomen becomes swollen and taut (indicating fluid buildup)
- Unexplained weight loss of more than 10% of body weight
Why Mesothelioma Is Difficult to Diagnose
Mesothelioma is a relatively uncommon disease and this rarity leads to
difficulties in the diagnosis and treatment processes. Because asbestos
exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma cancers, it is important
for anyone who has come into contact with the asbestos fibers to consult
a doctor, especially if any symptoms are present. In many cases, mesothelioma
doesn’t arise until an extended time period after a patient’s
exposure to asbestos, ranging up to 50 years.
Because of the infrequency of peritoneal mesothelioma, its diagnosis is
a lengthy and difficult process. Most of the symptoms of the disease are
common to other ailments, and it is only after they remain following other
types of treatment that mesothelioma is generally considered a possible cause.
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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and would like
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at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. Our team of dedicated lawyers and paralegals
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accountable for the pain they have brought upon victims of asbestos exposure.
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