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What is Peritoneal Mesothelioma?

Peritoneal mesothelioma is a cancer of the abdominal lining (the peritoneum) caused by exposure to asbestos. Peritoneal mesothelioma makes up between 20-25% of diagnosed mesothelioma cases in the United States.

Peritoneal mesothelioma is only known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. It is not understood precisely how asbestos fibers reach the stomach lining, but experts believe the fibers reach the abdomen either by swallowing them or by first inhaling them, coughing them up and then swallowing.

The sharp fibers may become lodged in the abdomen, causing irritation and cell damage. Over time, this could lead to the development of a malignant tumor.

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are often not present until the disease has progressed. Many times they are mistaken for other conditions. When symptoms are present, they typically include:

  • Bulging of the stomach area
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever or sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Anemia
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed. If you have been exposed to asbestos and have symptoms such as those described above, it's extremely important you seek medical attention with a specialist for a complete evaluation.

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