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There are four mesothelioma types: pleural (lining of the lungs), peritoneal (lining of the abdomen), pericardial (lining of the heart), and testicular (lining of the testicles). Pleural and peritoneal are the most common types of mesothelioma, with close to 90% of all diagnoses of the cancer.
“My husband Andrew had back pain that never went away. We went to many doctors. They said the same thing: “Nothing is there. Nothing is wrong.” They took an X-ray which showed a spot on my husband’s lung. They did not know exactly what it was. They asked him if they wanted a biopsy and Andrew agreed. The biopsy was supposed to take forty five minutes, but it wound up being four hours. Afterwards, the doctor came out with his eyes wide and expressed to me that my husband had pleural mesothelioma. I said “What?” I had never heard of it before.” [From a client testimonial]
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, comprising approximately 75% of all mesothelioma diagnoses nationwide. It develops in the lining of the lungs, known as the pleura. Once asbestos fibers are embedded inside of the pleura, pleural effusion (fluid buildup) ensues.
Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma
Pleural mesothelioma shares many of the same symptoms that accompany peritoneal and pericardial mesothelioma, but it also has its own, unique symptoms, including:
- Pleural effusion: This is when fluid accumulates around the lungs;
- Wheezing: Due to damaged lung tissue;
- Night sweats; Coughing: Usually “persistent or painful”;
- Pleurisy: Clinical term for difficult breathing;
- Coughing up blood (hemoptysis).
“We were trying to figure out how my husband got peritoneal mesothelioma. As a kid he grew up in an asbestos sided house, his dad worked on transmissions and his mom worked on brakes. She would come home in overalls covered in asbestos and cooked dinner without changing her clothes. As an adult, my husband got a job in a chemical company. There were boilers there and other stuff that was covered in asbestos, but he never really worked with any of it. So I mean, he could have been exposed at work, but I’m more inclined to believe that his parents exposed him to asbestos….” [From a client testimonial]
Nationwide, peritoneal mesothelioma comprises less than 20% of mesothelioma cases nationwide. It involves the peritoneum, which is the abdominal lining. The peritoneum consists of two layers: the parietal layer, which protects the abdominal cavity and the visceral layer, which encases the abdominal organs. When a person inhales asbestos fibers, the fibers attach themselves to the peritoneum tissue.
Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Common symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are:
- Abdominal pain;
- Weight loss;
- Ascites (buildup of fluid in the abdomen);
- Bowel obstruction.
Justice for Patients of All Types of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma attorneys at Weitz and Luxenberg have been leaders in asbestos litigation for close to three decades. Our lawyers have achieved more favorable verdicts and settlements for clients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer or asbestosis than any other law firm. Most of those who have mesothelioma developed it after being exposed to asbestos fibers. Instead of being able to enjoy their retirement years, these people suffer from an aggressive, debilitating disease.
Mesothelioma lawyers at Weitz and Luxenberg have the qualifications and experience necessary to hold asbestos companies accountable for neglecting to protect the health and safety of their employees and end-users of their products.
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