of mesothelioma may not appear until 30 to 50 years after exposure to
asbestos. Shortness of breath and pain in the chest due to an
accumulation of fluid in the pleura are often symptoms of pleural
mesothelioma. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss
and abdominal pain and swelling due to a buildup of fluid in the
abdomen. Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel
obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia,
and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other
parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble swallowing, or
swelling of the neck or face.
may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions. It
is important to see a doctor about any of these symptoms. Only a doctor
can make a diagnosis.