Peritoneal Mesothelioma

The peritoneum also has two layers the inner (visceral) layer which is next to the peritoneal-mesotheliomaabdominal organs and the outer (parietal) layer which lines the abdominal wall. 

Peritoneal mesothelioma causes the peritoneum to thicken and fluid to collect in the abdomen. This collection of fluid is called ascites and causes the abdomen to swell. Because pleural mesothelioma is more common and often spreads to the peritoneal cavity, it is sometimes necessary to determine if pleural mesothelioma is the primary cancer.

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