Pleural Plaques

Pleural plaques are considered the least serious asbestos related disease as generally they do not cause any problem although those diagnosed can be at a 1 – 5% risk of developing a further asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma or asbestosis.

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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What are Pleural Plaques

Pleural plaques are a ‘splatter effect’ of raised areas of thickened pleura, the lining of the chest wall.

These are not usually detected until around 10 – 20 years after you were first exposed to asbestos and are detected on x-rays or CT scans. These are often performed when being investigated for some other unrelated condition.


Pleural Plaques Scheme

Some year ago The Ministry of Justice opened the pleural plaques scheme to compensate those victims with a one off payment however this scheme is now closed.  Following a ruling in 2007 pleural plaque sufferers cannot claim for damages for their condition in England or Wales.

The Scottish and Northern Ireland Governments however brought in legislation which overturned this decision. We therefore have the situation where some part of the UK can claim and others cannot.


Diagnosis, symptoms and treatments

Pleural plaques do not cause any symptoms except in the rarest of situations.
Patients are usually being investigated for some other problem when pleural plaques are spotted on either a chest x-ray or a CT scan.

Pleural plaques themselves will not change into another asbestos related condition, however there is evidence that a patient with pleural plaques are at an increased risk of going on to develop mesothelioma.

Due to pleural plaques not giving rise to any symptoms and in themselves not being life threatening there are currently no treatments available.

Patients are advised to attend for regular check ups in order that the pleural plaques can be monitored and to rule out the development of any other asbestos related condition. Often this calls for repeat x-rays every 6-12 months.

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If you or a family member have recently been diagnosed with Pleural Thickening and want to know more about your right to claim and the process involved click the button or call us on 0800 294 3065.