Mesothelioma has been diagnosed with pathological examination of the biopsy. Tissue is removed, placed on a microscope, and the pathologist makes a definitive diagnosis, pathology and relationship problems. This is the process usually begins with symptoms that send most people to the doctor: accumulation of fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion), shortness of breath, chest pain, or pain or swelling of the abdomen. Your doctor may order X-ray or CT scan of the chest or abdomen. If further investigation is necessary, the following tests may be performed:
For pleural mesothelioma, the doctor can look inside the chest cavity with a special instrument called a thoracoscope. A cut is made through the chest wall and the thoracoscope will be put into the chest between two ribs. This test is usually performed in a hospital under local anesthesia or painkillers.
If fluid has collected in your chest, your doctor may drain the fluid from your body by putting a needle into the chest and with a gentle suction to remove the liquid. This is called thoracentesis.
peritoneal mesothelioma, your doctor may be found in the stomach with a special instrument called peritoneoscope. Peritoneoscope hole has been made to the abdomen. This test is usually performed under local anesthesia in a hospital.
If fluid has accumulated in your stomach, your doctor may drain the fluid from the body by putting a needle into the abdomen and using gentle suction to remove the liquid. This process is called paracentesis.
If abnormal tissue is found, the doctor will need to cut a piece and examined under a microscope. This is usually done during the thoracoscopy or laparoscopy, but can be done during surgery.
Unfortunately, in some cases, the tumor cells to grow along the digestive tract after the biopsy is done. This can be minimized by the use of radiation in the region.