What is The Peritoneal Mesothelioma?

Pleural mesothelioma is a disease that affects the lining of the lungs, or lung pleura. Sometimes doctors refer to this disease as mesothelioma of the pleura.

Causes of Peritoneal Mesothelioma:

The mesothelium membrane surrounding the abdominal region is known as the peritoneal membrane. The asbestos fibers get lodged in between the peritoneal region and cause the peritoneal cancer, known as the Peritoneal Mesothelioma. Just like in the other two cases, the peritoneal cancer occurs when the asbestos fibers after a long period of latency start interfering with the working of the peritoneal cells.

Site of occurrences:

Peritoneal mesothelioma grows in the abdominal cavity, infiltrating the liver, spleen or bowels.

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma:

Common symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma might include:

  • Abdominal mass
  • Abdominal pain, acute to severe
  • Swelling of the abdominal region due to fluid accumulation
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Loss of appetite resulting in weight loss
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Lowered red blood cell count (anemia)
  • Blood clotting problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Anemia