Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type of mesothelioma, accounting for about 20 percent of all cases diagnosed. This type of cancer affects the peritoneum, or a membrane lining the cavity of the abdomen. Therefore, it is sometimes called abdominal mesothelioma.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma specialists have two theories on how asbestos fibers enter the peritoneum. The first is that asbestos fibers trapped by the mucus in the trachea or bronchi are eventually swallowed and travel from the digestive system to the peritoneum. The second is that inhaled asbestos fibers reach the peritoneum by traveling through the lymphatic system.
Abdominal Mesothelioma Symptoms
If you believe you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below as a result of asbestos exposure, contact your health care practitioner immediately. It can be difficult to diagnose peritoneal mesothelioma because the symptoms associated with this cancer are often similar to those of other, less serious conditions.
Simmons Hanly Conroy Helps Fight Peritoneal Mesothelioma
In 2009, former client Craig Kozicki ended his ten year battle against peritoneal mesothelioma. Before Craig passed, he and his family worked with the peritoneal mesothelioma lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy to ensure their financial well-being and hold those responsible for Craig’s asbestos exposure and mesothelioma diagnosis accountable.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Diagnosis
Diagnosing mesothelioma in its earlier stages may enable a wider range of treatment options, so it’s important that once you’ve been diagnosed, you find a mesothelioma expert.
If you detect early symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma, such as abdominal pain or swelling, consult your primary care physician. He or she will perform preliminary tests and, if cancer is suspected, refer you to an oncologist. The oncologist, or cancer specialist will use a number of diagnostic tools to accurately confirm mesothelioma, including blood tests, imaging tests and biopsies.
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Nausea or vomiting
- Change in bowel habits
- Bowel obstructions
- Weight loss
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Lawyers
Our peritoneal mesothelioma lawyers have been working with victims of the disease and their families for nearly a decade and have become intimately familiar with the questions and concerns patients may have. Our skill and dedication to personal client service have helped us recover over $5 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
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