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What Are the Different Types of Mesothelioma?

Legally Reviewed by Joseph P. Williams on May 2, 2024

Mesothelioma manifests in several forms, each affecting a different part of the body and presenting unique challenges. Understanding the differences between pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, and testicular mesothelioma is crucial for patients and their families as they navigate their options and seek the best possible care. Those exposed to asbestos who later develop mesothelioma often face legal issues as they pursue the damages they deserve for their physical, emotional, and financial losses. However, these claims can be complex without an experienced mesothelioma attorney in your corner. 

At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., our team is dedicated to helping you achieve justice. We understand the ins and outs of intricate mesothelioma claims and are ready to apply our wealth of knowledge to your unique case. Our lead attorney, Joe Williams, has 30 years of experience helping his clients recover the maximum compensation available for their losses. He has never lost a mesothelioma case and is ready to help you fight for your rights and interests.

What Are the Different Types of Mesothelioma?

The different types of mesothelioma are categorized by their location in the body, including the following:

Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type and develops in the lining of the lungs or pleura. The pleura is designed to reduce friction in the lungs and is composed of two layers of lining with fluid between them. When asbestos fibers become stuck in the pleura, they cause severe scarring that makes it harder for the lungs to function properly. Additionally, fluid in the pleura may leak into the lungs. 

Pleural mesothelioma is typically treated with surgical interventions to remove the pleura or the affected lung. Those with this type of mesothelioma may experience coughing, difficulty breathing, and tightness in the chest.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdominal cavity, also known as the peritoneum. It is a protective layer of tissue that covers the stomach, intestines, and other abdominal organs. 

Peritoneal mesothelioma typically responds better than other types to treatment, and many surgeons opt for cytoreductive surgery in combination with chemotherapy. Individuals with peritoneal mesothelioma may have abdominal pain, a high fever, and nausea. 

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma is rare and forms in the pericardium, which is the lining surrounding the heart. If it is caught before it spreads, it may be treated with a pericardectomy, which removes the diseased lining. However, this intervention is not an option after the cancer has spread, as it can place the patient’s life at risk. 

A few symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma include chest pain, fever, and an irregular heartbeat. 

Testicular Mesothelioma

The rarest type of mesothelioma develops in the lining of the testes. If left untreated, cancerous masses can grow in the testes themselves. In most cases, testicular mesothelioma develops in one testicle before spreading. Treatments include removing the affected testicle and chemotherapy. Because this type is so rare, little is known about its symptoms. 

Consult with a Seasoned Mesothelioma Attorney at The Williams Law Firm, P.C.

At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., our team understands the unique complexities and legal implications surrounding different mesothelioma diagnoses. We are committed to understanding your unique needs as we fight for justice. Our lead attorney, Joe Williams, can meet you in your home to begin your case and is dedicated to helping you recover the compensation you need as you focus on your health. 

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