Recurrence of Pericardial Mesothelioma Affecting the Myocardium after Pericardial Resection.

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2018 May 21 [Link]

Rodríguez M, Mallidi HR, da Silva A, Bueno R


Primary pericardial mesothelioma represents less than 1% of all malignant mesotheliomas. These tumors are very rare, difficult to diagnose and with poor response to stablished treatments. Common clinical presentations include constrictive symptoms, cardiac tamponade and cardiac failure. Surgery can be curative in early stages and localized tumors and pericardiectomy and chemotherapy are often used as palliative approaches. Herein we present a case of a 54 years old female who has so far survived 4 years after a primary resection of a pericardial mesothelioma, and was referred with myocardial and aorto- pulmonary window recurrences for further treatment.