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Pleural Mesothelioma Diagnosis


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									Proper diagnosis of Pleural Mesothelioma, a form of cancer in the
thoracic cavity caused by contact with asbestos, is of great importance
because it enables the patient to get disease-specific treatment
immediately and also arms him adequately for any lawsuit for

Unfortunately, diagnosis of this sickness is a very difficult process.
The reasons are several. There are no specific to the disease outward
signs. The symptoms like breathing difficulty, coughing, weight loss,
chest and back pains, and fatigue among others are common to many
ailments. They can confuse a doctor. And these indications take twenty to
forty or fifty years after contact with asbestos to manifest. If some
cases there may be no perceptible clues till the cancer has spread. Many
doctors are unfamiliar with the disease. One key factor that would give
the correct lead to a doctor is the information whether the patient had
exposure to asbestos in the past. Since most of the pleural mesothelioma
patients are in the sixty-seventy age group, there is the possibility
that some of them may not recall details dating back forty or fifty

Diagnostic procedure starts with studying the patient's medical history
in detail and giving him a complete physical check up. Next comes
imaging. This includes x-ray, CT (Computed Tomography) scan, MRI
(magnetic resonance imaging) and PET (position emission tomography).
These may reveal irregular thickening of the pleura (membrane lining the
thorax), fluid collection in that area, congestion of the lungs, and
mineral deposits. Magnified view and laboratory tests assist in
determining whether chemicals found are the same as those seen in pleural
mesothelioma cases. Analysis of fluid, tissues and lymph nodes helps in
reaching a conclusion. Sometimes bronchoscopy, in which a lighted
flexible tube is inserted through the moth, is done. Thorascopy in which
the doctor looks into the chest cavity may also be performed. Finally, a
pleural biopsy confirms the diagnosis.

An October 2005 report states that a new method that assists diagnosis of
pleural mesothelioma is to measure the presence of osteopontin in blood.

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Pleural Mesothelioma, Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Malignant Pleural
Mesothelioma Survival Rate, Mesothelioma Pleural Brachytherapy and more.
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