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Mesothelioma - malignant

  • Alternative Names

    Malignant mesothelioma


    Symptoms

    Symptoms may not appear until 20 - 50 years or longer after exposure to asbestos, and may include:

    • Abdominal bloating
    • Abdominal pain
    • Chest pain
    • Cough
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath
    • Weight loss

    Signs and tests
    • Chest x-ray
    • Chest CT
    • Cytology of pleural fluid
    • Open lung biopsy
    • Pleural biopsy

    Mesotheliomas are often hard to diagnose under the microscope. It can be hard to distinguish between this disease and similar conditions and tumors.