When the intestines have pushed through the abdominal wall, the condition is known as a hernia. This can happen under several circumstances. Heavy lifting and overworking can cause a hernia, as well as coughing over a prolonged period. Hernias can also happen post surgery if your intestines or stomach push through a weak spot in the incision in your abdomen.
There are different types of hernias, but the most common that is associated with mesothelioma are the inguinal and hiatal hernias. With the inguinal hernia, the intestines push through the abdominal wall. When a hiatal hernia occurs a part of a patient’s stomach has made its way through the diaphragm and into the chest.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is associated with prolonged exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was a popular construction material that was used throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, so workers during that time are at a particularly high risk of developing mesothelioma. The tiny toxic particles are inhaled or ingested and this may have an effect on whether or not the asbestos fibers become lodged in the lungs or digestive track.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is one of the four types of mesothelioma. This type is unique in that is effects the dual protective linings that surround the organs of the abdomen. After asbestos particles are ingested, they burrow deep within the walls of this lining. The condition can then lie undetected and dormant for up to 50 years, slowly causing irritation of the cells as mesothelioma develops. Eventually, tumors begin to grow as the mesothelioma reaches progresses in stages.
How Can Mesothelioma Cause Hernias?
Peritoneal mesothelioma presents a few distinct symptoms. The most pronounced include swelling of the abdomen. Fluid buildup can cause distinctive bloating and pressure. This pressure can push the stomach or intestines through the muscular structures. This condition is not associated with newly diagnosed cases, but can happen in the more advanced stages of mesothelioma.
Another way in which a mesothelioma patient can develop a hernia is as a secondary condition that is caused by a chronic cough. Pleural mesothelioma impacts the protective lining around the lungs, causing irritation and swelling that can lead to such a cough. Severe coughing can cause hernias in patients who do not have mesothelioma, but the body’s particularly weakened state while fighting cancer can make mesothelioma patients susceptible.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact Mesowatch to receive vital support and a free case evaluation. We understand your need for the Nation’s best mesothelioma lawyers to obtain justice for you or a loved one diagnosed with an asbestos related disease.