We present a case of primary pericardial mesothelioma occurring in an asbestos-exposed 67-year-old man who underwent four aortocoronary bypass grafting seven years prior to the onset of the mesothelioma. Primary pericardial mesothelioma is a rare tumor whose association with asbestos is more infrequent than that of the much more common pleural form. Factors other than asbestos that may play a role include genetic predisposition, immune impairment, infections, radiation, dietary factors, and recurrent serosal inflammation. We consider that, in the presented case, inflammation and healing resulting from pericardiotomy might have had a synergistic effect with asbestos in the pathogenesis of the tumor. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of primary pericardial mesothelioma arising in a patient exposed to asbestos who previously underwent cardiac surgery.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2010|
- Pericardial mesothelioma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research