Primary Pericardial Mesothelioma an Oncological Rarity
This article was originally published by Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Ltd. and was migrated to Scientific Scholar after the change of Publisher.
Primary pericardial mesothelioma is a rare and lethal tumor, with a reported prevalence of <0.002% . Pleural and pericardial mesotheliomas, which are far more common are usually associated with exposure to asbestos. However, the cause of pericardial mesothelioma is less clear  and is influenced by other factors like genetic predisposition, immunological impairment, infection, radiation, dietary factors and recurrent serosal inflammation . Clinical manifestations of the neoplasm include constrictive pericarditis, cardiac tamponade, and heart failure. Because of late presentation and few treatment approaches, primary pericardial mesothelioma carries a poor prognosis. In this paper, we present a case of primary pericardial mesothelioma in a 46 year female presenting as recurrent pericardial effusion along with constrictive pericarditis.