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Mesothelioma Diagnosis and Symptoms?

Diagnosing mesothelioma can be difficult since there are sometimes no symptoms. This may lead to a delay in a diagnosis. Another reason it is difficult to diagnose is because many doctors are not very familiar with mesothelioma cancer. If there are any symptoms at all, you should pay careful attention to shortness of breath, cough that won't go away, pain in the chest, muscle weakness, sensory loss, pain or swelling in the abdomen, coughing up blood, fever, major weight loss, and difficult swallowing. If you experience symptoms and you are working/have worked/ or exposed to asbestos, you should have your doctor conduct an x-ray of the chest or abdomen.

Again some people have to symptoms at all.
However if there are reasons to believe you are suffering from mesothelioma cancer, the doctor may want your medical history and you have to complete a physical exam. The doctor will then perform one or more of the following diagnosis tests:

The mesothelioma diagnosis can be performed through a careful assessment of clinical and radiological findings proceeded by a confirming tissue biopsy. The patient's medical history should be reviewed, including history of asbestos exposure, followed by a complete physical examination, x-rays of the abdomen and chest, and lung function tests. CT scan or MRI may also be performed at this time. If there is an indication of mesothelioma using any of these tests, a biopsy is performed to confirm this diagnosis.

The doctor who conduct the mesothelioma diagnosis may use a needle biopsy of the mass, or the removal and examination of the fluid surrounding the lung for diagnosis. Sometimes these samples are inadequate as far as determining cell type (sarcomatous, epithelial, or mixed) or because of the unreliability of fluid diagnosis, the doctor may recommend open pleural biopsy. In a pleural biopsy procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision through the chest wall and inserts a thin, lighted tube called a thoracoscope into the chest between two ribs. The surgeon then removes a sample of tissue that a pathologist will review under a microscope. In a peritoneal biopsy, the doctor makes a small incision in the abdomen and inserts a peritoneoscope into the abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma is a very complex disease and although you get a diagnosis from your local doctor you may want to check out other doctors as well during your mesothelioma diagnosis.



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