Types of Mesothelioma

Diseases Linked to Asbestos

Pleural & Peritoneal

Mesothelioma is the most common disease associated with asbestos exposure. There are two basic different malignant versions commonly associated with asbestos exposure.

Pleural mesothelioma occurs when asbestos fibers are inhaled and they collect inside the lungs. The microscopic fibers pierce the lung walls and lodge in the pleura, the lining of the lungs. Tumors develop and the pleural space becomes enlarged and fills with fluid. The result of this is constriction of the lungs and pressing on the ribcage which can be extremely painful. The pain is often the first symptom to develop. Affecting about 75% of all cases, pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of this disease.

Peritoneal mesothelioma is a mesothelioma of the abdomen. Also known as abdominal mesothelioma, it appears in the thin abdominal cavity lining called the peritoneum. The lining supplies lubrication for the body's digestive system which is necessary for the system to operate correctly. Symptoms for this disease can also be very painful and are common to other digestive problems which can lead to misdiagnoses. This variety makes up 10% to 20% of malignant mesothelioma cases.

If you, or a loved one, are suffering from any of these asbestos-related diseases, contact an experienced and caring Georgia mesothelioma attorney at The Buck Law Firm today. We are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.