Author(s): Kayatta MO, Dineen SP, Sica G, Puskas JD, Pickens A
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Abstract Primary pericardial mesothelioma is a rare clinical entity. The association between asbestos and pericardial mesothelioma has not been well established, partly due to the small number of reported patients. Treatment options are limited for this very aggressive cancer. Surgical resection in the form of pericardiectomy can be curative, but owing to the frequently late presentation, surgical intervention is usually palliative. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy have overall poor results. We present the case of a 19-year-old man who initially had symptoms of pericarditis. He died 1 year after initial presentation. Copyright © 2013 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Ann Thorac Surg
and referenced in Journal of Tumor Research