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Types of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma in Kentucky

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma symptoms often take years or even decades to appear. For some Kentucky residents, symptoms have taken from 10 to 50 years to materialize.

If you believe you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, you should inform your physician of that exposure. If you are diagnosed for any form of malignant mesothelioma, call the mesothelioma lawyers at James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. for Free Initial Consultation at 888-312-3965 or contact us online.

What is malignant mesothelioma?

In malignant mesothelioma, cancerous cells are found in the mesothelium, which is the two-layer membrane that lines different parts of the body:

Normally, a lubricating fluid in these layers enables the organs to function properly. But when needle-like asbestos fibers are present in the fluid, they cause irritation and can form cancerous cells.

General symptoms of malignant mesothelioma may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or swelling in the abdomen

Pleural mesothelioma

In pleural mesothelioma, the asbestos fibers travel to the mesothelium—or pleura—lining the outside of the lungs and the inner rib cage and form cancerous cells. Those asbestos fibers catalyze abnormal division of these cells, which then thicken the pleural membrane layers and build up fluid. The fluid eventually prevents normal breathing.

About 75 percent of mesothelioma cases are diagnosed as pleural mesothelioma. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pains
  • Lower back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Night sweats
  • Fever
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Lumps under chest area skin

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Peritoneal mesothelioma

With peritoneal mesothelioma, a tumor applies pressure on organs, including the lungs, causing extreme abdominal pain.

About 20 to 33 percent of mesothelioma cases are attributed to peritoneal mesothelioma. Symptoms of this form of the disease may include:

  • Digestive problems
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling of the feet
  • Fever

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Pericardial mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma occurs when asbestos fibers travel from the lungs to the mesothelial tissue surrounding the heart, where they lodge and create cancerous tumors. When these tumors expand, they restrict the proper functioning of the heart and result in cardiac problems, including heart failure.

In this rarest form of mesothelioma, symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hypertension
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Night sweats
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Some swelling of the face and upper extremities

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What to do if you have been exposed to asbestos in Kentucky or other states

Direct or indirect short-term and long-term exposure to asbestos can cause harm and result in mesothelioma.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, call James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. for Free Initial Consultation at 888-312-3965 or contact us online to speak with one of our asbestos attorneys. We also handle cases involving wrongful death, defective drugs, products liability, and other serious injuries.

We work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve