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Symptoms and Signs of Mesothelioma in Children

Doctor's Notes on Mesothelioma in Children

Mesothelioma in children is a very rare cancer that affects the mesothelial cells in the pleura (the thin layer of tissue that lines the chest cavity and covers the lungs) or the peritoneum (the thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen and covers most of the organs in the abdomen). Malignant mesothelioma may also form in the heart or testicles, but this is rare. Mesothelioma in children is sometimes a late effect of treatment for an earlier cancer, especially after treatment with radiation therapy. In adults, the most common cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure.

Symptoms of mesothelioma in children may include trouble breathing, pain under the rib cage, bloating, fluid buildup in the abdomen, and weight loss for no known reason. The prognosis for mesothelioma in children is poor.

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019


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