Mesothelioma symptoms may not appear for 15-50 years after initial exposure to asbestos
Mesothelioma symptoms may not appear until 15 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath, cough, and chest pain due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space are the most common mesothelioma symptoms and are often associated with pleural mesothelioma.
People often report that they run out of breath easily, often while doing nothing at all. Many report that while resting, reading or watching television suddenly experiencing heart palpitations and extreme shortness of breath. Often, these particular mesothelioma symptoms may be difficult to diagnose, unless your doctor is aware of your previous asbestos exposure.
Pleural Mesothelioma symptoms
- extreme shortness of breath
- chest wall pain
- pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lung
- fatigue or anemia
- wheezing, hoarseness, or cough
- blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up (hemoptysis)
In severe cases, the person may have many tumor masses. The individual may develop a pneumothorax, or collapse of the lung. The disease may metastasize, or spread, to other parts of the body.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma symptoms
Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma often do not cause mesothelioma symptoms until they are at a late stage.
- abdominal pain
- abdominal mass
- distention of the abdomen
- ascites (fluid in the abdomen)
- anemia and fever
- other digestive disturbances
Late-stage Mesothelioma symptoms
In the latter stage of the disease, the following mesothelioma symptoms may be present:
- blood clots in the veins, which may cause thrombophlebitis
- disseminated intravascular coagulation, a disorder causing severe bleeding in many body organs
- jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin
- low blood sugar level
- pleural effusion
- pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in the arteries of the lungs
- severe ascites
A mesothelioma does not usually spread to the bone, brain, or adrenal glands. Pleural tumors are usually found only on one side of the lungs.