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Asbestosis and Pleural Thickening Claim - Symptoms Diagnosis and Prognosis

Pleural thickening

What is asbestos related pleural thickening?

This is scarring and thickening of the lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos dust. It causes breathlessness which may be mild or severe.

What causes asbestos related pleural thickening?

Exposure to asbestos dust.

The exposure to asbestos dust does NOT have to be heavy exposure.

Your asbestos solicitor will be able to advise whether your asbestos exposure is likely to have caused your pleural thickening.

 

What are the symptoms of asbestos related pleural thickening?

Breathlessness
 

How is asbestos related pleural thickening diagnosed?

Chest X-ray

CT scan

 

What treatment is there for asbestos related pleural thickening?

There is no treatment to cure these conditions. You will normally be kept under annual review by your consultant chest physician. If your breathlessness gets very bad then you may be offered treatment to help the breathlessness for example oxygen.

 

Asbestosis

What is Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a scarring of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos dust. It causes breathlessness which may be mild or severe.

What causes asbestosis?

Asbestosis is caused by exposure to asbestos dust.  There are a number of different causes of scarring to the lungs. The scarring is only called asbestosis when there has been heavy exposure to asbestos dust.

It is often difficult to work out how much asbestos dust you have been exposed to.

Your asbestos solicitor will be able to help you with this.

If you were an asbestos lagger or asbestos sprayer or worked with large amounts of asbestos then 1 year of constant exposure to asbestos dust may be enough to cause asbestosis.

If you were exposed to asbestos dust on and off for example as a shipbuilder or construction worker then 5 to 10 years of this exposure to asbestos dust may be enough to cause asbestosis.

Low amounts of exposure to asbestos dust does not cause asbestosis.

Your asbestos solicitor will help you work out how much asbestos dust you have been exposed to and whether there is a prospect of being able to prove that the asbestos exposure has caused the asbestosis.

 

What are the symptoms of asbestosis?

Breathlessness

Cough

 

How is asbestosis diagnosed?

Chest X-ray

CT scan

 

What treatment is there for asbestosis?

There is no treatment to cure asbestosis. You will normally be kept under annual review by your consultant chest physician. If your breathlessness gets very bad then you may be offered treatment to help the breathlessness for example oxygen.

This page was last updated on: 18 Apr 2017, 12:47 p.m.

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