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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
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
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.