What is Pleural Thickening?

This is more serious than pleural plaques as it can cause pain and breathlessness because the lung has difficulty in expanding. This can reduced quality of life and sadly there is no cure for pleural thickening.

Pleural Thickening Symptoms & Diagnosis

Pleural Thickening symptoms vary considerably from person to person and include: Shortness of breath...

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Pleural Thickening Compensation

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Pleural Plaques

They are the least serious asbestos related disease as generally they do not cause you any problem although...

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Pleural Thickening

Pleural thickening is damage to and thickening of the wall between the lung and rib-cage.

Someone with asbestos related pleural thickening is normally at around 1 – 5% risk of developing a further asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma.

It can take around 10 – 20 years from the first exposure to asbestos until pleural thickening is detected on a chest x-ray.

The symptoms of diffuse pleural thickening vary considerably from person to person. When the membrane is scarred and thickened it becomes constricted and less elastic which can cause the sufferer to have shortness of breath. Chest pain and tightness in the chest, particularly during or after exertion, are also common. In some cases the symptoms can be severe and debilitating, whereas in others the symptoms are more manageable.

There are other conditions which can mimic pleural thickening such as rib fractures and pleural bleeding, tuberculosis and pneumonia with empysema and rheumatoid disease.

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