Pericardial mesothelioma is among the rarest forms of mesothelioma. It accounts for less than ten percent of cases that are diagnosed in the United States. Pericardial mesothelioma impacts the tissue that lines the cavity that holds the heart.
Though it is known that asbestos is the cause of all types of mesothelioma, it is not yet clear how the asbestos fibers that are inhaled or ingested actually end up coming into contact with the area around the heart.
Symptoms of Pericardial Mesothelioma
The symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma closely resemble those of pleural mesothelioma, and include shortness of breath, chest pain, night sweats and fatigue. If you have been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing these symptoms, be sure to tell your physician about your exposure, as these symptoms are similar to those of many common illnesses.
Diagnosing Pericardial Mesothelioma
Diagnosing pericardial mesothelioma requires the use of highly advanced diagnostic imaging techniques; the preferred tests include CT Scans and MRI Scans. Biopsies provide definitive confirmation, and require that tissue be removed from the chest cavity.
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