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What happens with exposure to asbestos?

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Dr. Troy Ross
Occupational Medicine 26 years experience
Typically none: There usually are no symptoms from asbestos exposure until long after permanent damage is done. The small asbestos fibers get lodged in the lung tissues and over time they cause damage that leads to breathing problems. Before there are any symptoms changes can be seen on chest xrays. So it is important to be evaluated by a doctor familiar with this condition (pulmonogist or occupational doctor).
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