Types of Mesothelioma

In almost all cases, mesothelioma is triggered by exposure to asbestos, whether in the workplace, in older residential buildings, by living in proximity to an asbestos mine or by living with a loved one who works, or worked, around asbestos, or a number of other exposure risks. The longer a person is exposed to asbestos, the more likely he is to contract the disease—although not everyone exposed to asbestos will get sick from it. Most people don’t experience symptoms of mesothelioma until 20-50 years after exposure.

Physicians categorize mesothelioma by type, based on where in the body the disease occurs. Let’s look at the three most common types of asbestos-related mesothelioma.

Pleural Mesothelioma

By far the most common type of mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma appears in the lining of the lungs (the pleura). This form of the disease typically occurs when asbestos is present in the air and is inhaled into the lungs. Some common symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain and weight loss. If you have a question, you should visit a doctor immediately.P

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

This form of mesothelioma affects the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum), and it accounts for approximately 20% of all victims of the disease. Peritoneal mesothelioma results from the ingestion of asbestos, with symptoms that include abdominal pain or swelling, nausea, vomiting, fever, fatigue, weight loss, anemia and more.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

The rarest type of asbestos-related mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma affects the lining of the heart. It is very difficult to detect and treat. Symptoms resemble other forms of heart ailments and may include chest pain, fluid buildup and arrhythmia. Only 2% or fewer contract this form of the disease.

What to Do If You Experience Symptoms

If you have been exposed to asbestos and experience any possible symptoms, see a doctor right away. Since many symptoms of mesothelioma may mimic other diseases, inform your doctor if you have been exposed to asbestos, so he knows what to look for.

Compensation for you and your family has been established to assist victims of asbestos exposure. The funds available to victims and their families is in the millions of dollars. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we can help you receive the compensation you deserve. It is not always necessary to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for an asbestos-related injury. Call the Madeksho Law Firm for a FREE consultation at 888-910-MESO (6376). There is never a fee unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.