Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that can be very aggressive when it develops in a human being’s abdominal cavity. This type of cancer diagnosis is confirmed through a biopsy. Peritoneal mesothelioma (“Meso”) often goes undiagnosed for quite some time due to the fact that early on it has many similarities with less serious abdominal conditions. Some symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include abdominal swelling, tenderness, distension, abdominal pain, and constipation or diarrhea.
What is peritoneal mesothelioma?
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a specific and rare form of the asbestos-related cancer we refer to as meso. With this type of meso, tumors form on the lining of the abdominal cavity. Between 500 and 1000 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States, however, it is possible that several cases are overlooked because the symptoms overlap with other abdominal diagnoses. Because asbestos is widely considered to be the cause of peritoneal mesothelioma, asbestos attorneys like the litigators at The Meso Law Firm can help if you suffer from this type of meso diagnosis.