Chrysotile peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive cancer involving the peritoneal mesothelium, which is the protective membranous lining around the abdomen. Sometimes referred to as abdominal mesothelioma, chrysotile peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common mesothelioma form, accounting for about 15% to 30% of all diagnosed mesothelioma cases worldwide.

Causes of Chrysotile Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Chrysotile peritoneal mesothelioma is caused by exposure to chrysotile asbestos, also called white asbestos. Chrysotile asbestos, a mineral useful for its heat-resistant properties, consists of many tiny, separable fibers. While there are several different types of asbestos, chrysotile asbestos is the most common asbestos type. In fact, chrysotile asbestos accounts for about 95% of all asbestos. 

Chrysotile asbestos is dangerous because its tiny fibers often break off and float in the air. When inhaled or ingested, chrysotile asbestos fibers lodge in the body and cannot be expelled. When lodged in the abdominal cavity, chrysotile asbestos fibers cause inflammation, and after a while, peritoneal mesothelioma tumors form. Because chrysotile peritoneal mesothelioma is extremely aggressive, the tumors grow and spread quickly, and eventually cover the entire abdominal cavity. 

Chrysotile Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms

Symptoms associated with chrysotile peritoneal mesothelioma may vary with each patient and can be affected by the tumor location and size, as well as the patient’s age and general health. In addition, symptoms associated with chrysotile peritoneal mesothelioma will often mimic other, less serious, health conditions. These symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain, acute to severe
  • Swelling of the abdominal region due to fluid accumulation
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Loss of appetite resulting in weight loss
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Anemia

Chrysotile Peritoneal Mesothelioma Prognosis

Because there is no cure, chrysotile peritoneal mesothelioma is regarded as universally fatal. When diagnosed, chrysotile peritoneal mesothelioma patients generally have a life expectancy of no more than one year. According to statistics, the survival rate after one year is about 30%.

The reason that chrysotile peritoneal mesothelioma patients have such a poor prognosis is that almost all mesothelioma cases are diagnosed in the disease’s late stages. If the disease was diagnosed earlier, chrysotile peritoneal mesothelioma patients would probably have a better survival rate. However, obtaining an early diagnosis in mesothelioma cases is very difficult because mesothelioma symptoms do not develop right away, and the disease is easily misdiagnosed.

Often, chrysotile peritoneal mesothelioma victims are entitled to compensation. Our experienced lawyers can evaluate your case.

Published November 17, 2011 by