Pericardial Mesothelioma (Heart)

In certain cases, mesothelioma can occur in the pericardium—the lining surrounding the heart muscle. We refer to this as pericardial mesothelioma. This is the rarest form of asbestos-related cancers, appearing in less than 2% of mesothelioma victims. It is also the most difficult to detect and treat. It is often fatal.

What Are the Symptoms?

Predictably, pericardial mesothelioma manifests its symptoms directly against the heart and cardiovascular system. Common symptoms include chest pain, arrhythmia, heart murmurs and fluid buildup in the heart—all of which could easily be attributed to other types of heart disease.

How Is Pericardial Mesothelioma Diagnosed?

Due to its rarity, pericardial mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose. (Many times, the official diagnosis occurs after death, during the autopsy.) Doctors frequently identify the disease after eliminating other explanations for the symptoms, detecting its presence through biopsies and/or imaging.

How Is It Treated?

Some chemotherapies have proven ineffective in treating this form of the cancer, although some drugs have proved beneficial. When it’s an option, a common treatment for pericardial mesothelioma is surgery to remove the pericardium—a procedure that is both difficult and risky. However, you must always consult with your doctor regarding the best treatment options for your diagnosis.

What is the Prognosis?

The prognosis for pericardial mesothelioma can be very difficult. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma, contact a law firm specializing in asbestos-related diseases. This consultation is always FREE with Madeksho Law Firm. There is never a fee, unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

Call the Madeksho Law Firm

If you’ve been diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma, Madeksho Law Firm will work to get you the compensation you deserve and your family needs. Among other options, we can help determine if you qualify for one or more of the mesothelioma trust funds set up to help victims of asbestos exposure and asbestos-related illnesses. It is not always necessary to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for an asbestos-related injury. Call us at 888-910-MESO (6376) to schedule a FREE consultation.