Pleura Mesothelioma Symptoms

The presence of fluid is a common symptom associated with many malignant mesothelioma cases. In the case of pleural mesothelioma, which represents 80% of cases, the fluid compresses the lung, causing intense pain, shortness of breath and overwhelming fatigue. This fluid will eventually enter the pericardial space and patients will have symptoms suggestive of congestive heart failure.

As the fluid and expanding tumor slowly fill up the chest, lung function is compromised. Relieving the fluid pressure can provide short term symptomatic relief. (p) For more information, visit our malignant mesothelioma symptoms page.

Some common complaints of patients with Pleural mesothelioma include:

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chest Pain
  • Shortness of breath

Pleural mesothelioma patients in five studies presented by P. Chahinian showed the following symptoms in varying degrees:

Dyspnea (shortness of breath) 6-60% of cases
Chest pain 33-71% of cases
Both dyspnea and pain 19-28% of cases


Hemoptysis (spitting blood or bloody sputum) 1-6%
Hoarseness 1-3%
Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) 1%
Weight Loss






Pleural effusion (fluid in the chest cavity)


Remember that patients with mesothelioma may not begin showing signs of the disease for as long as 25-50 years following exposure to asbestos. For more information, the Meso Foundation also offers expert guidance, advice and support, contact us today.

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