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Mesothelioma is a tumour most commonly occurring in the lining of the Lungs. The tumour can appear anything from ten to fifty years after exposure to Asbestos. For details about how to claim see Mesothelioma compensation.
Other Asbestos related diseases include:
These raised areas of transparent fibrous tissue can be seen lining the Pleura. They are caused by regular exposure to Asbestos fibres, but don’t generally cause impairment of the lungs. Pleural plaques have no effect on life expectancy and investigation is by chest x-ray.
The Pleura is the lining of the Lung. Fibrosis of the Pleura can create a thickening of the lining which, if extensive, may cause breathlessness during activity, and chest expansion will also be reduced. Investigation is by x-ray and lung function tests. The condition does not affect life expectancy.
Asbestosis can develop as a result of prolonged exposure to Asbestos, usually more than 20 years. Symptoms include progressive shortness of breath, clubbing of fingertips and abnormal chest sounds (known as basal crackles). The sufferer will have been exposed to heavy amounts of Asbestos fibres before contracting this condition. Investigation is by means of a combination of chest x-ray, high resolution CT scan, pulmonary function tests and a bronco alveolar lavage. The condition progresses slowly and it can be very disabling, but thankfully few patients die from Asbestosis.
People suffering from Asbestosis or exposure to a level of fibres likely to cause Asbestosis, may develop Lung Cancer. Sufferers who have also smoked are more likely to develop the disease. Deaths from Asbestos-induced Lung Cancer are approximately twice as common as from Mesothelioma.
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