Pericardial Mesothelioma Information:

What is pericardium?

The pericardium is a membrane surrounding the heart. Like a fist punched into a deflated balloon, the lining is a single layer that folds in on itself. In this case, the fist would be the heart, the inner lining of the balloon would be the visceral pericardium, the outer part of the balloon would be the parietal pericardium, and the space in side the balloon (small though it is) would be the pericardial space.

Inside this pericardial space is a small amount of fluid produced by the mesothelial cells which make up the pericardium. This fluid allows the parietal and visceral pericardium to slide against one another, allowing the heart to beat unhindered and the lungs (which more or less surround the heart) to expand and contract.

What is pericardial mesothelioma?

An exceedingly rare malignancy, pericardial mesothelioma is a cancerous tumor that arises from the pericardium. Like its pleural mesothelioma and abdominal mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma is linked to asbestos exposure.

More Pericardial Mesothelioma Information

For more information on mesothelioma, including treatment information, visit the Mesothelioma Center web site. A pericardial mesothelioma diagnosis is serious, but there is hope; if you are diagnosed, find a pericardial mesothelioma specialists to help coordinate your care. You may also find support groups are a useful resource. Finally, legal help is available, but you are limited in the amount of time you have after receiving a diagnosis in which you can pursue a claim; even if you are not totally sure what next step you would like to take legally, speaking with an asbestos attorney as soon as possible can allow you to be in charge of the decision, as opposed to the clock.

Abestos

Abestos: did you mean asbestos? Common mispellings of asbestos include aspestis, aspestos, & asbestoes.

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