In the past, many building materials contain different fibers, all forms of asbestos. These fibers over time showed that when inhaled; actually cause a variety of ailments, often fatal. The severity of the disease depended on the amount of time the person was exposed to asbestos fibers. A condition known as mesothelioma, can take different forms. Usually the Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of various organs in the body. A form of mesothelioma is pericardial mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining surrounding the heart.
Like most of the problems associated with asbestos, pericardial mesothelioma is dormant for years and develops slowly. This form of mesothelioma strikes 10% of patients who have mesothelioma.
A person with pericardial mesothelioma may suffer chest pain or other similar problems related to heart, such as heart murmurs, breathing difficulties, even without any effort, and cough. The person affected by pericardial mesothelioma sweats can have fatigue, fever and night. Given these symptoms can be difficult for your doctor to diagnose pericardial mesothelioma initially. However, a thorough physical examination with MRI, the doctor may notice cancerous tumors in the lining of the heart that cause tissues to swell and accumulate fluid.
These fluids cause the heart to function improperly. The heartbeat can also be irregular.
Once the doctor finds that tumors in magnetic resonance imaging tests can still be conducted to determine whether tumors are, in fact, pericardial mesothelioma. The final diagnosis would be produced by tissue biopsy.
When a person has been diagnosed with this terrible disease, there is little hope for full recovery - although there is the possibility of a mesothelioma lawsuits. Generally, most treatments involve the relief of symptoms and the patient's pain may be feeling. This treatment may include draining fluid that accumulates around the heart. This, in turn, alleviates some of the symptoms and pain. Radiation can be used in an attempt to shrink tumors. However, this procedure is risky and is not used much.