Mesothelioma - Complications
Date updated: August 09, 2008
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Complications from spreading cancer
As pleural mesothelioma spreads in the chest, it puts pressure on the structures in that area. This can cause complications, such as:
Swelling caused by pressure on the large vein that leads from your upper body to your heart (superior vena cava syndrome)
Pain caused by pressure on the nerves and spinal cord
Accumulation of fluid in the chest (pleural effusion), which can compress the lung nearby and make breathing difficult
Mesothelioma that progresses can lead to death. People who die of mesothelioma usually die from related complications, such as lung failure, heart problems, stroke and other causes.
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