Pericardial mesothelioma is a rare cancer that develops in the membrane surrounding the heart. Treatment options such as chemotherapy may be available.
Pericardial mesothelioma is an extremely rare type of cancer that originates in the lining of the heart and is caused by exposure to asbestos.
Pericardial mesothelioma is not well characterized, but observed cases have included cardiac symptoms, specifically constrictive pericarditis, heart failure, pulmonary embolism, and cardiac tamponade. They have also included nonspecific symptoms, including substernal chest pain, orthopnea (shortness of breath when lying flat), and cough. These symptoms are caused by the tumor encasing or infiltrating the heart.