Known types of Mesothelioma


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Types of Mesothelioma

There are four types of mesothelioma:

  • pleural (this occurs the pleural surrounding the lungs)
  • pericardium (this occurs pericardium which is heart environment)
  • peritoneal (this occurs primer of the abdominal cavity)
  • testicles (this occurs testicles surrounding testes)

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Pleural mesothelioma

The most common type of mesothelioma is Pleural mesothelioma. Mesothelioma, which lines the lungs, often coincides with symptoms such as shortness of breading, dry cough, and pain in the chest. From the chest cavity, pleural mesothelioma can invade all other organs (even brains) of the body.


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Pericardium Mesothelioma

When mesothelioma occurs around the heart, it limits the delivery of oxygen to the body, which can cause chest pain and shortness of breath.

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Peritoneal mesothelioma

The second most common form of mesothelioma is known as Peritoneal mesothelioma. Most people who have peritoneal mesothelioma, generally suffre from harsh abdominal pain or problems with bowel movements. Peritoneal mesothelioma frequently spreads also to the bowel or spleen and the liver.

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Testicular mesothelioma

Testicular mesothelioma can not normally be diagnosed until lumps form occuring on the testes. That is why it is a less common form Testicular mesothelioma is usually seen during surgery, treatment or during other conditions .

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Benign mesothelioma

Tumors begin to form in the lining to the affected organs with the development of mesothelioma in any part of the body.  These cases mostly are malignant tumors, but good news is that benign mesothelioma  develops without cancer.


Benign mesothelioma gererally develops in the abdominal cavity and can occur to the people who have no history of asbestos exposure. This kind of tumors are usually found in young or middle-aged women and carry no serious risk. But, if the tumor enlarges more than 7 cm, it can cause painful swelling, seizures and coma.

Reference: Mesothelioma

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