Pulmonary asbestosis is one of the most common illnesses caused by asbestos exposure. As with all asbestos-related diseases, pulmonary asbestosis has a rather long latency period from 10 to 30 years or more.
Over this period, microscopic asbestos fibers are retained in the lung tissue after exposure and can cause scarring to occur in the alveoli. Alveoli are the tiny, balloon-like structures in the lung where oxygen is distributed to the blood vessels.
Pulmonary asbestosis is typically not diagnosed for decades after exposure, as it takes many years for the scarring caused by asbestos fibers to become visible on a CT-scan.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Asbestosis
This asbestos-related illness is a progressive disease in which the victim experiences shortness of breath or an inability to take a deep breath. Other symptoms include fatigue, dry cough, rales or crackles at the base of the lungs and clubbing or bloating of the fingertips.
Victims with severe, end-stage asbestosis are unable to live without supplemental oxygen. This disease can eventually lead to death by slow suffocation and can lead to a heart problem called cor pulmonale, which occurs when weakened lungs cause the heart to over-exert itself in an effort to oxygenate the blood.
This disease is not treatable or curable. Some individuals, however, can have pulmonary asbestosis visible on an x-ray, yet have no symptoms or other effects, while others may never see or feel a progression of their disease.
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