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A Mesothelioma Diagnosis
As many as 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year just in the United States. Of these cases, approximately 2,250 of the cases will be pleural mesothelioma, which affect the lining of the membrane surrounding the lungs. Approximately 600 additional cases will be what are known as peritoneal mesotheliomas, affecting the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity. The remaining cases diagnosed will be comprised of the two rarer forms; pericardial mesothelioma affects the lining surrounding the heart, and testicular mesothelioma affects the membranes of the testes.

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Mesothelioma gets its name from the membrane name mesothelium, which refers to the protective linings that surround these organ cavities. This membrane is responsible for providing lubrication that will allow the organs to have internal movement that is needed for contractions and expansions. Upon a condition of malignant mesothelioma, these membranes are no longer as flexible or as productive, and the organs suffer.
What do doctors look for when diagnosing mesothelioma?

The most common population of patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma is men over the age of 40 years. This is due to the fact that malignant mesotheliomas are caused by asbestos exposure, most often experienced in industrial and construction jobs. The period of latency between exposure and diagnosis can be as many as 50 years. The naturally derived mineral of asbestos is very toxic and the microscopic particles can be inhaled or ingested when exposed to them. For these reasons, when doctors are aware of a history of asbestos exposure they are more likely to explore mesothelioma as a cause of symptoms. Some of these related symptoms include:

•    Chest pain – most often associated with pleural or pericardial mesotheliomas
•    Labored breathing – most often associated with pleural or pericardial mesotheliomas
•    Tenderness – most often associated with peritoneal mesothelioma at the site of tumors
•    Lumps or swelling – most often associated with peritoneal or testicular mesothelioma

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What types of tests do doctors use to diagnose mesothelioma?
Doctors who suspect a condition such as mesothelioma can use several different tests to diagnose malignancy. Of all the tests available, biopsies where fluid, tissue, or both are extracted and examined under the microscope are the most reliable for accurate diagnosing. These biopsies can be done through:

•    Fine needle aspirations – a fine needle used to draw out fluid
•    Mediastinoscopy – an incision with a scope capable of taking images and tissue samples (including lymph nodes)
•    Thorascopy – an incision with a narrow tube that can be used to take tissue samples

Doctors also often use a combination of imaging studies to complete and complement their diagnostics. Using CT scans, MRIs, and x-rays they can sometimes tell the extent of the malignancy growth.

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Below is a list of helpful resources in your area.

Asbestos Exposure Sites

  • Mathieson Alkai
  • Borger Refinery
  • Houston Ship Channel
  • Upjohn Chemical Plant
  • Driscoll Foundation Hospital
  • Charter International Oil Refinery
  • Frost National Bank
  • Matagorda County Rice and Irrigation Company
  • Port Arthur
  • Southport Petroleum Company
  • Plumbers Union - Local 790
  • Lee Construction Company
  • Kerr Mcgee Corp
  • Lee Wilson Engineering
  • Borden Chemical Company
  • Union 76
  • Bynum Brothers Warehouse & Storage
  • Transco Gas Pipeline
  • Weaver Shipyard
  • U.S. Naval Hospital
  • Reed, Baker, Camco Roller Bit Oilfield Tools Plant
  • Camelot School
  • Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company
  • Kinnison Brothers
  • John Sealy
  • Mobil Grease Plant Tank Farm
  • Drilling Service

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