Mesothelioma Symptoms | Pericardial Mesothelioma

Growing on the exterior surface of the pericardium, the lining of the heart, pericardial mesothelioma only accounts for around five percent of the newly diagnosed mesothelioma cases each year. For more information, visit our malignant mesothelioma symptoms page.

As with the other forms of mesothelioma, Pericardial mesothelioma is associated with exposure to asbestos. The symptoms of this disease, however, may not begin to appear until several years after exposure first occurs. Also, further complicating the matter of diagnosis, many of these pericardial mesothelioma symptoms can be confused with a number of common ailments that misdirect the medical staff and hinder a more thorough examination.

Some symptoms reported by patients with pericardial mesothelioma include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fluid in the pericardial space
  • Persistent coughing
  • Heart palpitations

Pericardial mesothelioma patients in a set of studies presented by P. Chahinian showed the following symptoms in varying degrees:

Pericardial effusion (fluid in the pericardial space)



Constrictive pericarditis (inflammation of the pericardial sac)

Vascular compression

Cardiac tamponade (bleeding into the pericardium)

Pericardial thickening on scans (12% of patients only)

Remember that patients with mesothelioma may not begin showing signs of the disease for as long as 25-50 years following exposure to asbestos. For more information, the Meso Foundation also offers expert advice, contact us today.

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