The Four Types of Mesothelioma

The Four Types of Mesothelioma | Pintas & Mullins Law Firm

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is resistant to heat, fire, and other chemicals. There are four types of mesothelioma: lung, abdomen, heart, and testicular.


The most common type of mesothelioma, accounting for nearly 75% of all mesothelioma diagnoses. Pleural mesothelioma develops in the lining of the lungs, which is called the mesothelial. Symptoms vary from patient to patient, but some of the most common include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Night sweats and fever
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Chest pain


Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type of mesothelioma. It develops in the mesothelial lining of the abdomen. This type spreads faster than any other type, making treatment difficult. Common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting


This type of mesothelioma develops on the exterior lining of the heart and is quite rare, accounting for 1% of all mesothelioma cases. Symptoms for pericardial mesothelioma start to show up when fluid fills into the layers of the lining of the heart. Common symptoms include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing


Testicular mesothelioma develops in the lining of the testes and is the rarest type of mesothelioma, making up less than 1% of all cases. Fortunately, men with this type of mesothelioma generally have better survival rates than people with the other three types. Two of the main symptoms are painless lumps on the testicles and swelling of the scrotum.

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