Peritoneal Mesothelioma (Abdomen)

When mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdomen (the peritoneum), we refer to it as peritoneal mesothelioma. Unlike pleural mesothelioma, which occurs in the respiratory system due to inhalation of asbestos, peritoneal mesothelioma develops from ingesting asbestos, typically within 20-50 years of exposure. Peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for less than 20% of all mesothelioma cases.

What Are the Symptoms?

In early stages, someone with peritoneal mesothelioma may not experience any symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, they can be easily misdiagnosed as other ailments. Common symptoms pointing to this cancer may include abdominal pain or a buildup of fluid in the abdominal region, that leads to one or more bulges (ascites) in the stomach region.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Anemia
  • Blood clots
  • Bowel issues
  • Fatigue
  • Fever/sweats
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Seizures

How Is Peritoneal Mesothelioma Detected and Diagnosed?

Peritoneal mesothelioma often escapes notice at first because its symptoms can point to other possible ailments, and it can even resemble simple abdominal gas in imaging scans. A basic abdominal X-ray may show the clearest indications of the disease. The doctor may also find peritoneal mesothelioma by conducting a peritoneoscopy—that is, exploring the abdominal region using a small camera inserted through a small incision. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos, alert your doctor so they can run the appropriate tests.

How Is It Treated?

Whenever possible, doctors will treat peritoneal mesothelioma through cytoreductive surgery—physically removing tumors and affected tissues in the abdomen—followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments. However, you must always consult with your doctor regarding the best treatment options for your diagnosis.

What is the Prognosis?

The prognosis for peritoneal mesothelioma is a difficult one. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, contact a law firm specializing in asbestos-related diseases. This consultation is always FREE with Madeksho Law Firm. There is never a fee unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

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The Madeksho Law Firm has been helping mesothelioma victims and their families win much-needed compensation for more than 45 years. It is not always necessary to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for an asbestos-related illness. Call our offices today at 888-910-MESO (6376) for a FREE case consultation.