Benign Mesothelioma Lawyers in Florida
You may have heard a doctor or medical professional refer to benign mesothelioma or a solitary non-cancerous fibrous tumor and wondered what exactly it was. Benign mesothelioma occurs in the form of single tumors that can appear behind the lining of the abdomen and/or on the head and neck. It can develop in men and women of all ages, and even in children. And occupational exposure to asbestos has not been shown to be a factor in the development of benign mesothelioma.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our Florida mesothelioma lawyers may be able to help you and your family pursue compensation. For a free asbestos mesothelioma claim evaluation, contact our Florida mesothelioma law firm. We offer:
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The Symptoms of Benign Mesothelioma
Many cases of benign mesothelioma are discovered accidentally during a routine chest X-ray, though patients with benign mesothelioma may experience symptoms similar to asbestos-related mesothelioma. Symptoms can include:
- Chest pain
- Chronic cough
- Pierre-Marie-Bamberger syndrome (a condition in which the ends of the fingers and toes become wide and thick and there is inflammation in the connective tissue surrounding the long bone in the upper and lower extremities)
- Doege-Potter syndrome (a condition in which the patient experiences very low blood sugar because the tumor is secreting an insulin-like growth factor)
Benign Mesothelioma Is Not Malignant Mesothelioma
While benign mesothelioma is not malignant mesothelioma, the difference between the two isn't always clear. As was noted above, the symptoms of both forms of the disease can be quite similar. Sometimes, a tumor that might otherwise be classified as benign is classified as malignant when it reaches a size of 10 centimeters or larger.
Other characteristics that may suggest that a tumor is not benign are areas of bleeding or dead tissue, if the nuclei of its cells are different in appearance than the nuclei of normal cells, or if there is an abnormally large number of cells.
Research Into Benign Mesothelioma Shows That Solitary Fibrous Tumors Are Genetically Distinct
Immunophenotyping is a method of classifying cells according to the proteins they contain. When researchers compared cases of reported benign mesothelioma that presented with solitary fibrous tumors and malignant mesothelioma, it was found that there were similarities in the shape of the tumor cells and that both had special proteins on the surface of those cells. However, other proteins found in malignant mesothelioma tumors were not found in benign mesothelioma, leading researchers to conclude that the two types of tumors are not genetically identical.
Contact a Florida Mesothelioma Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our experienced Florida mesothelioma lawyers for a free consultation. Mesothelioma is typically caused by asbestos exposure in the workplace, and you may be due compensation from negligent employers.