Pericardial mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma refers to a mesothelioma arising primarily from the pericardium. 

They are rare and are only thought to account for ~ 0.7% of all malignant mesotheliomas. There is male to female predominance of approximately 3:1.

The presentation of pericardial mesothelioma is nonspecific with complains of dyspnea, chest pain and weight loss.  

Gross pathology

Pericardial mesothelioma can present as a localized or as a diffuse mass.

Associations

Some reports suggest an association with asbestos exposure but being not as strong as for pleural mesothelioma. Others state no association with asbestos exposure.

It is a lethal disease carrying a very poor prognosis. Surgical resection can be option for symptomatic relief.

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Article information

rID: 22401
System: Cardiac
Section: Pathology
Tags: cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Primary pericardial mesothelioma
  • Primary mesothelioma of the pericardium
  • Primary malignant pericardial mesothelioma (PMPM)
  • Primary malignant pericardial mesothelioma

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