Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

The symptoms of mesothelioma can be quite elusive. Many doctors do not recognize the symptoms of mesothelioma because they mimic other illnesses. Mesothelioma is a very rare disease that can take 20 to 40 years to develop after exposure to asbestos. There are also several forms of mesothelioma.

Normally doctors will do a thorough background of the patient to find out if there was any asbestos exposure. Some patients may not know that they were exposed to asbestos.

The symptoms may include:

shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


pain in the chest or abdomen

fluid in the chest, lungs or abdomen

weight loss

loss of appetite

inability to sleep

husky voice

difficulty swallowing

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