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Peritoneal Mesothelioma Attorneys

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:

  • Anemia
  • 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
  • Insomnia
  • 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.

You Are Not Helpless Against Irresponsible Corporations

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and would like to know your legal rights, contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. Our team of dedicated lawyers and paralegals does everything possible to make sure the responsible parties are held accountable for the pain they have brought upon victims of asbestos exposure.

Find out what your rights are after being exposed to asbestos and developing mesothelioma. Call (877) 958-7920 today!