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Pericardial Mesothelioma Attorneys

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As an extremely rare form of malignant mesothelioma cancer, pericardial mesothelioma represents approximately 5% of all cases. Pericardial tumors are known to spread over the surface of the heart, superior vena cava, the root of the aorta, and the pulmonary trunk. The spread of the tumors can only be diagnosed through surgical exploration.

Pericardial mesothelioma is still not well understood. Few successful treatment strategies exist, with little to no benefit from radiation and chemotherapy. As such, the prognosis for it is also quite poor. 50% of patients live for about six months, though surgery can help extend life expectancy.

    It is known that pericardial mesothelioma can spread to the lungs, resulting in secondary lung cancer, however, very little research is conducted on this type of mesothelioma because of the low incidence of diagnosis. When you come to our firm, our pericardial mesothelioma attorneys can recommend a medical professional experienced with this disease.

    To speak with someone familiar with pericardial mesothelioma, call (877) 958-7920.

    Role of Asbestos in the Development of Pericardial Mesothelioma

    It is well accepted that inhalation of asbestos fibers causes pleural mesothelioma, however, the role of asbestos in the development of pericardial mesothelioma is less well understood. Current research has still not shown an undeniable connection between asbestos exposure and pericardial mesothelioma. It is apparent, however, that many patients with pericardial mesothelioma do have prior contact with asbestos.

    The link between asbestos and pericardial mesothelioma is puzzling because it is not clear how asbestos fibers embed in the pericardium. Some physicians and researchers hypothesize that asbestos fibers are broken down in the lungs and are then able to enter the bloodstream. As they are pumped through the heart, the fibers get trapped in the pericardium.

    When this happens, the body is unable to successfully remove the asbestos fibers from the serous membranes. Over a long period of time, the fibers induce changes within the pericardial cells that may result in the initiation of cancerous growth. Uncontrolled growth of the cancerous cells leads to the thickening of the pericardium and, eventually, the formation of tumors. This thickening that occurs within the pericardium, along with an increase in fluid accumulation between the pericardial layers, makes it very difficult for the heart to function normally.

    Symptoms & Diagnosis of Pericardial Mesothelioma

    In patients with pericardial mesothelioma, the formation of cancerous tumors within the pericardium can cause tissue thickening and the buildup of fluid. The fluid can prevent the heart from functioning properly, leading to chest pain and an irregular heartbeat. Patients with pericardial mesothelioma usually present to their physician complaining of significant chest pain or other cardiac symptoms that occur following minimal physical exertion.

    Symptoms associated with pericardial mesothelioma may include:

    • Irregular heartbeat
    • Chest pain
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Cough

    Turn Shrader & Associates L.L.P. for Experienced Guidance

    The pericardial mesothelioma attorneys of Shrader & Associates L.L.P. have assisted hundreds of clients with this disease find excellent medical care and receive the compensation they are owed.

    For a free consultation with our caring legal team, call (877) 958-7920.