Pericardial mesothelioma and asbestos exposure

Carolina Mensi, Sara Giacomini, Claudia Sieno, Dario Consonni, Luciano Riboldi

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Pericardial mesothelioma (PM) accounts for 0.7% of all malignant mesotheliomas. Although asbestos exposure is a recognized etiological factor for pleural and peritoneal mesotheliomas, its role in the development of PM is controversial. The aim of this study is to describe the characteristics of PM cases occurred in Lombardy, a highly industrialized Region of Northern Italy. From the Lombardy Mesothelioma Registry we selected the incident cases of PM registered in the Lombardy Region between 2000 and 2009 and we abstracted clinical characteristics and history of asbestos exposure. We identified 8 cases (6 men and 2 women), with a median age at diagnosis of 55.5 years, representing 0.3% of all mesothelioma cases (n= 3059). The age-standardized incidence rate was 0.09 per million/year. Occupational exposure to asbestos was documented in 5 of the 7 cases for which we obtained an interview. Our findings support the role of asbestos in the pathogenesis of PM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-279
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • Asbestos exposure
  • Cancer registry
  • Malignant mesothelioma
  • Occupational exposure
  • Pericardium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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