SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MESOTHELIOMA: The primary symptom of mesothelioma is shortness of breath. This happens due to the accumulation of fluids between the lung and the chest wall due to mesothelioma. Chest wall pain is also another symptom due to this condition, as well as weight loss. The disease condition can be confirmed by a chest X-ray with a CT scan. A lung biopsy taken from the tissue of the lung can confirm the diagnosis after the visual examination under the microscope. Mesothelioma mainly has an effect on the pleura the outer lining of the lung and can produce some signs and symptoms such as chest wall pain, pleural effusion or fluid surrounding the lung, shortness of breath due to the fluid accumulation between the lung and chest wall, weakness, anemia, short windedness, voice huskiness, or cough. Weight loss is also a symptom in the severe conditions of mesothelioma. Thrombophlebitis may also another symptom, in which case blood accumulates in the veins of the patient.
The cancer may spread to the other parts of the body too. In the severe conditions of metastasis to the abdominal cavity near to it may give abdominal pain. Gathering of serous fluids in the peritoneal cavity called ascites may also happen. It may create a bunch in the abdomen too.
The other symptoms of mesothelioma are blood in the sputum coughed up from the lungs called hemoptysis. In the brutal cases of mesothelioma numerous tumors occur in the lungs of these people and complimentary air or gas exists in the lungs and this made disintegration of the lung. Severe bleeding in several body organs known as disseminated intravascular coagulation is also an important symptoms of severe mesothelioma cancer. Jaundice or yellowing of the eyes and skin, low blood sugar level, pulmonary emboli or blood clots in the arteries of the lungs too happen in severe conditions. But as like in other cancers metastasis spread to the brain, bone or adrenal glands not happen in mesothelioma.
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