Diffuse pleural thickening
A thickening of the lung lining
Pleural thickening describes the appearance of widespead (diffuse) scarring
along the lining of the lungs. While pleural thickening is relatively harmless in
some cases, it is also common among workers who were exposed to and
inhaled a significant amount of dangerous asbestos particles when the use of asbestos was prevalent in industries such as mining, construction and others.
Pleural thickening tends to be present in around 50% of cases where people
are known to have had prolonged exposure to asbestos. Pleural thickening
can cause shortness of breath and inhibit the lungs’ ability to function properly.
Pleual Thickening is non-malignant and is not necessarily a sign of asbestos
lung disease. Pleural Thickening is often a sign of exposure to asbestos, and
many people whose lungs show pleural thickening develop asbestos lung
diseases at a later date. Whether or not a person with pleural thickening will contract an asbestos-related disease is unpredictable.
Asbestos-related pleural thickening occurs when asbestos fibers bypass the
lungs’ filtration system and get into the lungs. Once in the lungs they become embedded and cause inflammation and scarring.
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