The first symptoms of the disease appear rather late and are not very specific, which often delays the diagnosis. For example, there is an alteration of the general condition of the patient (loss of appetite, significant weight loss, intense fatigue, and so on) but also chest pain, dry cough, and breathing disorders. Some patients complain of lower back pain. When the tumor is in the peritoneum (sac that surrounds the abdomen), the patient has abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, or even a bowel obstruction.
Diagnosing pleural mesothelioma
A diagnosis is based, first of all, on the clinical examination of the patient. This includes asking the patient a series of questions that help the physician determine if the symptoms are consistent with a mesothelioma diagnosis. Some symptoms may point to malignant pleural mesothelioma but, actually, have another diagnosis. Searching for the reasons of exposure is also necessary.
If a doctor suspects …