Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Patients with peritoneal mesothelioma often show symptoms of abdominal pain, abdominal distention with increasing abdominal girth, ascites (excessive fluid accumulation in the abdomen), weight loss and abdominal masses. These symptoms, however, may be mistaken for other benign conditions of the abdomen, which may lead to delay in diagnosis and treatment.
Other symptoms may include:
- Anemia – low blood count
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea and or constipation
- Thrombocytosis – elevated platelet count
- Hypoglycemia – low blood sugar
- Venous thrombosis – blood clots
Diagnosing Peritoneal Mesothelioma
To determine the best treatment option, your doctor may take a full medical history, conduct a physical exam and order a wide range of tests.
Peritoneal mesothelioma may be diagnosed with:
- CT scans and MRI scans
- Blood Tests
- Abdominal / Stomach Biopsies
Many times the diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma occurs when a patient is undergoing a surgical procedure for another condition such as appendix surgery, gall bladder removal or hernia repair. In these situations, abdominal tissue is biopsied and malignant mesothelioma growth is found in the specimen. These asymptomatic patients may be candidates for state-of-the-art cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC. Mercy surgical oncologists believe this to be the best treatment option for most patients.
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