Pleural disease is also commonly known as pleural asbestosis, pleural plaques or pleural thickening. It is when a scarring occurs on the lining of the lung. Similarly to mesothelioma, lung cancer and pulmonary asbestosis, pleural disease has a long latency period of 10 to 30 years or more from the time the victim is first exposed.
Additionally, much like pulmonary asbestosis, pleural disease is untreatable and incurable.
Characteristics and Symptoms of Pleural Disease
There are varying degrees of pleural disease including:
Pleural plaques – These usually begin as very small areas of scarring and can grow over time while becoming calcified and hard. These alone are typically not symptomatic, but can be.
Diffuse pleural thickening – This is when a large area of the lung is scarred. A victim with this injury will commonly experience shortness of breath. As the amount of scarring grows, it will make it more difficult to take a breath.
Atelectasis – This is pleural scarring that causes a portion of the lung to fold onto itself which can cause pain and discomfort while breathing. This is much more rare than pleural plaques or pleural thickening, but can also be caused by asbestos exposure.
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