As pleural mesothelioma spreads in the chest, it puts pressure on the structures in that area. This can cause complications, such as:
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- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swelling of the neck and face caused by pressure on the large vein that leads from your upper body to your heart (superior vena cava syndrome)
- Pain caused by pressure on the nerves and spinal cord
- Accumulation of fluid in the chest (pleural effusion), which can compress the lung nearby and make breathing difficult
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