How is mesothelioma diagnosed

Mesothelioma is generally diagnosed by way of biopsy.

Often a patient presents to their local doctor complaining of shortness of breath and/or chest pain. An x-ray or CT scan is then often taken revealing a fluid build up. Following this, a biopsy is arranged which reveals the diagnosis of mesothelioma.

In some circumstances, a biopsy is not able to be undertaken, for example if the patient has severe heart problems, and thus the diagnosis must be made clinically using progressive x-rays and CT scans.

When consulting your doctor, it is important to advise them of your history of asbestos exposure otherwise an asbestos related condition may not be considered.