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    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    How mesothelioma is diagnosed

    Tokeo la picha la mesothelioma picture

    If your GP suspects mesothelioma, they will refer you to a hospital specialist for some tests.
    A number of different tests may need to be carried out, including:
    • an X-ray of your chest or tummy
    • computerised tomography (CT) scan – a number of X-ray images are taken to create a detailed image of the inside of the body
    • fluid drainage – if there's a build-up of fluid around the lungs or in the tummy, a sample may be removed using a needle inserted through the skin so the fluid can be analysed
    • a thoracoscopy or laparoscopy – the inside of your chest or tummy is examined with a long, thin camera that's inserted through a small cut (incision) under sedation or anaesthetic; a sample of tissue (biopsy) may be removed so it can be analysed
    • These tests can help diagnose mesothelioma and show how far it has spread.

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