About Pericardial Mesothelioma
The heart is in constant motion and, like all organs, it requires lubrication to allow it to move within the body. The pericardium is a fibrous sac that encases the heart and produces the lubrication that the organ needs.
Pericardial Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pericardium. Like all types of Mesothelioma, pericardial Mesothelioma is a fatal disease that is caused by exposure to asbestos
Pericardial Mesothelioma is a rare form of a rare disease. Only about 5 percent of Mesothelioma patients are diagnosed with pericardial Mesothelioma. It starts in the cavity around the heart and can spread to other areas of the body, often the lungs.
Symptoms of pericardial Mesothelioma can include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent cough
- Heart palpitations
- Irregular heart beat
Researchers are unsure exactly how inhaled asbestos fibers make their way from the lung to the external lining of the heart. The inhaled fibers may work their way out of the lung and pierce or embed themselves in the pericardium. Or, the fibers may enter the bloodstream, allowing the fibers to become lodged in the heart from the inside. Whatever the exact mechanism, the asbestos fibers cause trouble once they find their way to the pericardium where they trigger the slow but relentless development of pericardial Mesothelioma.
It takes decades for noticeable symptoms to develop. When they do, however, the disease is too advanced to be cured. Treatments include chemotherapy, radiation, and, in some cases, surgery.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with pericardial Mesothelioma, you should seek out the very best medical care you can find and also discuss your situation with an experienced lawyer who has helped people just like you many times before. At the Deaton Law Firm, our attorneys are committed to helping victims of Mesothelioma receive just compensation for the damages they have suffered. We are knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys who have an impressive track record of success. To learn how we can be of assistance to you, please contact us today to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation.
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