The most heavily relied upon test is a biopsy procedure where tissue or fluid is extracted from the body and sent to a lab to test for the presence of mesothelioma cell types or lung cancer.
Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may resemble symptoms of lung cancers like adenocarcinoma. A complete medical history, including the likelihood of asbestos exposure, should be taken into account along with other evidence to confirm a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Histochemical and Immunohistochemical Testing
Histochemical and immunohistochemical processes stain suspected mesothelioma cells obtained during a biopsy.
Issues arise when staining chemicals that may cause a potential diagnosis for both lung cancer and mesothelioma conditions.
For instance, the periodic acid-Schiff stain or PAS method may sometimes cause false positives in mesothelioma cases, leading to misdiagnosis.
Similarities in Observable Masses
Imaging tests can also create conflicting or false diagnoses for or against mesothelioma. Masses observed alongside lung tissue could potentially look like the lung tissue itself rather than the pleura.
One type of lung cancer — pseudo mesotheliomatous adenocarcinoma — even mimics the appearance, symptoms and spread patterns of mesothelioma even though it affects lung tissue and not the pleural mesothelium.
Avoiding Mesothelioma Misdiagnosis
Avoiding a misdiagnosis involves securing the help of asbestos-related cancer specialists and mesothelioma specialists who are familiar with the intricacies of the diagnostic process, the mesothelioma testing, and examination of the results closely.
They will also provide multiple types of evidence to paint a complete picture of your condition.
Obtaining a proper diagnosis is critical for developing a responding treatment plan. It can also have an impact on the strength of the evidence presented during an asbestos-related cancer lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have a history of asbestos exposure and are concerned about a possible mesothelioma diagnosis, lung cancer diagnosis, or misdiagnosis, contact our legal team today.
You will be provided immediate assistance as well as a free, confidential case evaluation.
Our legal team will help you locate the pulmonary or cancer specialists needed to concretely diagnose your condition.
Mesothelioma and lung cancer patients can then pursue a case against all liable parties and obtain the maximum possible compensation for their losses with immediate payouts from asbestos trust funds.