Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare form mesothelioma, with 200 to 500 individuals diagnosed each year. Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdominal cavity known as the peritoneum and, like all other types of mesothelioma, is a direct result of exposure to asbestos. Individuals who manufactured or worked with asbestos-containing products not only inhaled the fibrous minerals into their lungs, they may also have digested asbestos, such as through food contaminated with asbestos fibers.
As a mesothelioma tumor develops in the lining of peritoneum, it can put pressure on the other organs. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are often mistaken for symptoms of less serious illnesses. They include abdominal pain or swelling, changes in bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation), lumps under the abdomen skin, night sweats or fever, unexplained weight loss, nausea or vomiting, fatigue and anemia. Read more.
Early detection of peritoneal mesothelioma offers victims a variety of treatment options which can prolong life expectancy, but misdiagnosis of symptoms is common. Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms can mimic those of hernias and other gastric conditions. Because symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma commonly appear 20-50 years after asbestos exposure, individuals with a known history of asbestos exposure should aggressively investigate any symptoms relating to possible mesothelioma. Those diagnosed in the early stages of peritoneal mesothelioma can sometimes utilize surgical intervention, radiation, chemotherapy, and trial medications to prolong their life expectancy.
Diagnostic tools to confirm peritoneal mesothelioma take many forms, but the most effective mode of detection is through a biopsy of peritoneal fluid. During this procedure, a long needle penetrates the peritoneal cavity and extracts fluid that is then analyzed. The presence of peritoneal mesothelioma cells in the fluid will confirm the diagnosis and aid in staging the disease.
The attorneys at the Philadelphia mesothelioma law firm of Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler have aggressively advocated for the victims of peritoneal mesothelioma for over 25 years. We understand how devastating a diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma can be. Our Philadelphia mesothelioma attorneys are committed to protecting our clients’ rights and fighting for the maximum compensation to which they are entitled. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma or another mesothelioma or asbestos-related cancer or disease, call us today at 800-369-0899 or contact us online to discuss how we can help you.