Pericardial mesothelioma, or mesothelioma of the pericardium, is a disease that affects the lining of the heart (pericardium). Over 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year, approximately 200 of which are pericardial mesothelioma.
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What’s the problem?
Malignant pericardial mesothelioma is a type of cancer that originates in the mesothelium, a thin wall of cells that surround the body’s organs and internal body structures. Other locales of the disease are malignant pleural mesothelioma, which occurs in the lining of the lungs and malignant peritoneal mesothelioma, which occurs in the abdomen wall. Pericardial mesothelioma is an asbestos cancer, meaning its only known cause is asbestos exposure.
Pericardial mesothelioma is considered one of the rarest forms of mesothelioma. Those who have been diagnosed with this condition have developed cancerous tissues around the lining that surrounds the heart.
The pericardium provides an important function to the body because it acts as a fluid-filled ‘sac’ that protects the heart. This lining is important because it keeps the heart contained in the chest cavity, as well as prevents the heart from over expanding when blood flow increases. The cavity that is in between the protective lining produces fluid to keep the area lubricated and lessens the friction between the membranes.
When a person develops mesothelioma around the lining of the heart, it is mainly caused by the scar tissue that had been inhibited within the cavity for many years. The fibers that become lodged in the area cause the scar tissue, and it eventually leads to cancerous cells expanding in the cavity. In most cases, negative side effects include inflammation of the area around the heart, heart palpitations, and irregularities in heart function.
Do I have a Pericardial Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in pericardial mesothelioma lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.