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The first symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma are pains in the chest, lower back, persistent cough, and breathing problems. The pains and the cough are caused by the combined effect of the tumors present in these membranes and a fluid collection called Pleural Effusion.

Pleural Effusion is the collection of fluid in the Pleura Mesothelium protective membrane. The Pleura Mesothelium, like all other protective mesotheliums, has two layers, one surrounds the organ, the lungs in this case, and the other is a sac like layer around the first with a fluid between the two. The fluid acts as lubricant and allows the first layer surrounding the organ to move with the organ while at the same time allowing the sac like layer to be more or less in place because of its lubricant effect. When there is too much fluid build up, because of the damaged cancerous cells, the sac like layer presses against the chest and other parts of the body and can cause pains ranging from mild pains to acute pains in the chest and lower back. The pressing can also cause shortness of breath, called Dyspnea, because the lungs are not allowed to expand properly.

The tumors act like tiny pebbles which put further pressure on the membranes and hence assist in blocking the food pipe and voice tubes, which lead to swallowing problems, and coarse voices.

The pains, which get more acute while lying down, and the problems faced during the consumption of food and shortness of breath can lead to secondary ailments like fatigue, weight loss and fevers.
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