One symptom of pleural mesothelioma is coughing up blood, which is also known as hemoptysis. If you suspect that you or a loved one has pleural mesothelioma, contact a medical professional immediately. It can take anywhere from 10 to 50 years for mesothelioma to develop after exposure to asbestos. The time it takes for the rare disease to develop is referred to as the latency period.
The Interconnected Symptoms of Mesothelioma
There are four types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common and impacts the protective lining that is found around the lungs. When asbestos fibers are released into the air, they are either ingested or inhaled into the body.
After being inhaled, these particles cannot be expelled and become attached to the lungs of the patient. After an incubation period, a cellular mutation begins and this sensitive lining becomes irritated as the mesothelioma develops.
The symptoms of pleural mesothelioma are interconnected and often part of a chain reaction. As cancer persists, nonspecific pain develops in the chest, along with fluid buildup which puts additional pressure on the lungs. This leads to shortness of breath, coughing, hoarseness and, in advanced conditions, coughing up blood.
The Origins of Coughing Up Blood
Many patients automatically assume that coughing up blood means that they are bleeding from the lungs. This is not always the case. Coughing up blood may be a secondary condition that originates in the bronchi, trachea or the lungs. Blood that is found in a cough may also be coming from the gastrointestinal tract.
Generally, lighter blood is associated with originating from the respiratory system, while dark blood is associated with the respiratory tract. The tiny blood vessels that are found in the respiratory system are quite delicate and easily ruptured. Bleeding could be caused by a persistent cough or pressure.
The human health hazards from long-term effects of exposure to asbestos are well documented. Asbestos fibers are inhaled and carried into the regions of the lung where they can cause lung disease and make a hazardous impact on the lining of the chest cavity or within the lungs.
If you are a patient or have a moved one who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the team at Mesowatch offer valuable support and free confidential case evaluation. Our team will connect you with the best asbestos attorneys so that you can receive maximum compensation for your claim