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What Are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?

What Are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma symptoms vary by the type and stage of the condition, as well as:

  • The type of asbestos fibers someone has been exposed to
  • The length of time asbestos exposure occurred

Early mesothelioma stages are usually asymptomatic, or they have mild, general symptoms. Typically, mesothelioma symptoms won’t develop until 20 to 50 years after asbestos exposure has occurred.

To help you know when it’s time to seek help, here’s a look at the most common mesothelioma symptoms, based on the type and stage of the condition.

While a medical professional can help you with a diagnosis and treatment, a mesothelioma attorney at the Amaro Law Firm can help you with your potential claim and financial recovery. Although mesothelioma settlements don’t change the condition, they do provide financial resources for treatment and other losses, helping families pick up the pieces as they focus on healing.

Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma, the most common form of the condition, involves malignancies developing in the lining of the lungs. Between 70 and 80% of mesothelioma cases are diagnosed as pleural mesothelioma.1 Symptoms typically include (and aren’t limited to):

  • Breathing problems
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic coughing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid buildup in the lining of the lungs
  • Hoarseness
  • Lumps of tissue beneath the chest skin
  • Night sweats
  • Sudden or unexplained weight loss

Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Affecting the lining of the abdomen, peritoneal mesothelioma is far less common than pleural mesothelioma. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include (and aren’t limited to):

  • Abdominal inflammation
  • Anemia
  • Blood clots
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Fever
  • Fluid buildup in the abdominal lining
  • Loss of appetite and/or dramatic weight loss
  • Nausea

Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma

This type of mesothelioma occurs when the malignancy develops in the lining of the heart. Symptoms include (and aren’t limited to):

  • Arrhythmia
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Heart palpitations
  • Night sweats
  • Shortness of breath

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Mesothelioma Symptoms by Stage

Here’s a look at how mesothelioma symptoms develop and intensify as the condition starts and progresses to more advanced stages.

Stage 1 Mesothelioma Symptoms

Early-stage mesothelioma symptoms are typically minor, if present at all. Commonly, the general, mild symptoms of early-stage mesothelioma are mistaken for—and misdiagnosed as—other conditions, like asthma.

Stage 2 Mesothelioma Symptoms

When mesothelioma progresses to stage 2, the condition may have spread to the lymph nodes. While symptoms can be more pronounced at stage 2, they are still fairly generic and relatively minor. Common symptoms of stage 2 mesothelioma include shortness of breath, chronic coughing, and fatigue.  

Stage 3 Mesothelioma Symptoms

At stage 3, mesothelioma has become more serious and disabling. Consequently, most cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in stage 3 when symptoms are more distinct and severe. Stage 3 mesothelioma symptoms typically include chest pain, abdominal pain, and breathing problems.

Stage 4 Mesothelioma Symptoms

In this late stage of the condition, symptoms are the most severe. They generally include chronic pain, swallowing problems, and serious breathing problems.

5 Steps to Take When You Recognize Mesothelioma Symptoms

  1. See a doctor as soon as possible for diagnostic testing.
  2. Consider getting a second opinion, regardless of whether the initial diagnosis confirms the presence of mesothelioma.
  3. Think about how, where, and when you may have been exposed to asbestos. Make sure you consider exposure potential going back decades, as asbestos exposure from as long as 50 years (or more) ago can contribute to mesothelioma later in life.
  4. Follow through will all prescribed medical treatments. This can help you alleviate painful symptoms while setting yourself up for the best possible outcomes.
  5. Contact the Amaro Law Firm to find out more about your legal options.

Get Essential Answers About Your Potential Mesothelioma Claim: Contact the Amaro Law Firm

A mesothelioma lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm can help you determine your best options for financial recovery if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma. In many cases, preventable asbestos exposure is to blame for mesothelioma—and when it is, mesothelioma patients can have various options for holding negligent parties liable.

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1: According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)