Pericardial Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma is an asbestos cancer that develops in the lining of the heart. It causes inflammation of the heart, palpitations and other heart function irregularities. Pericardial mesothelioma is quite rare and accounts for less than 1 percent of all mesothelioma cases each year. [1]

Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma include:[2]

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Fluid in the pericardial space
  • Persistent cough

The prognosis for pericardial mesothelioma patients is generally poor, with survival after diagnosis ranging from six weeks to 15 months.[3]  Pericardial mesothelioma responds quite poorly to radiation. Chemotherapy may reduce the tumor size and surgery is sometimes able to remove the cancerous cells. A pericardiectomy to remove the heart lining can be performed in order to improve the patient’s quality of life.

Because it can take decades for symptoms to manifest, pericardial mesothelioma is typically diagnosed at a late stage. It can only be diagnosed via a surgical biopsy.

People diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma should contact an asbestos attorney without delay. They may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturers of asbestos products or their former employers.

Our attorneys have been helping asbestos victims get the financial resources they deserve for being diagnosed with mesothelioma. In fact, our attorneys were among the first in the country to successfully hold asbestos manufacturers liable for the health problems they caused.

Being diagnosed with pericardial mesothelioma means you have to make many difficult and important decisions in a short period of time. Our lawyers will meet with you at your home to discuss your options, legal rights and the process to obtain compensation. Start your claim today with a free, no-obligation case review to get answers to the questions you have.

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