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Pleural thickening can be caused by exposure to asbestos. Like the other asbestos diseases, pleural thickening can take several decades after exposure to asbestos for symptoms to reveal themselves.
What is pleural thickening?
Pleural thickening is scarring and hardening of the lining that covers the lungs (the pleura). This makes it difficult for the two layers of the lining of the lungs to slide over one another, or in other words, it makes it difficult for the lungs to expand. As such, a sufferer is likely to experience breathlessness.
It is a potentially disabling condition which can be extremely concerning for sufferers who can be susceptible to other asbestos diseases.
Symptoms of Pleural Thickening
Usually it takes around 20 years for symptoms of pleural thickening to develop. BUT it is important to note that not all sufferers of pleural thickening display symptoms.
Symptoms commonly associated with pleural thickening include:
- Chest Pain
- Reduced chest wall movement
- Persistent cough
- Impaired lung function
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we would urge you to see a GP as soon as possible
Diagnosis of pleural thickening
Pleural thickening can be identified through ultrasound and/or CT scan.
On an ultrasound, the image of the lungs in which pleura is thickened appears differently to pleural fluid.
On a CT scan, areas as thin as 1mm can be detected as the thickening shows up as dense tissue between the chest wall and the lungs.
Treatment of pleural thickening
Unfortunately, the damage caused by pleural thickening is irreversible.
But, there are a number of treatments to improve quality of life and reduce symptoms of pleural thickening.
Pain medications such as bronchodilators, antibiotics and steroids are commonly prescribed to help with breathing and where someone suffers from pleural effusion.
It is sometimes possible to perform thoracentesis to help with breathing by reducing, this involves removing excess fluid from the chest.
In rare instances, pleurectomy surgery can be performed to remove parts of the pleura and nearby chest linings.
We are here to help you.
We can assist you in finding and contacting asbestos victim support groups to access vital support for those affected by asbestos exposure.
If you have been diagnosed with pleural thickening and are looking for more information and support, or want to explore the option of bringing a pleural thickening claim, speak to us today.
We are able to assist, not only with the claim itself, but also applications for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB).
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