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Where can I get a test for asbestosis?

Where can I get a test for asbestosis?

See a lung doctor: There is unfortunately no easy blood test; a pulmonologist can help to make the diagnosis based on history, physical exam, xray findings and pulmonary function testing. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for asbestosis?

Avoidance: There is no treatment for asbestosis. Once the condition is diagnosed, it is permanent. Avoidance from further exposure is key. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of asbestosis in the lungs?

Usually none: Most people with asbestos exposure have no symptoms. Asbestos can result in asbestosis of the lung which causes scarring of the lung resulting in decreased lung function, which often produces shortness of breath. It can also cause pleural effussions, lung cancer or mesothelioma. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is asbestosis?

Scarring of the lung: Asbestos exposure can result in tiny asbestos fibers getting deposited in the lungs. This causes inflammation, and scarring. The lungs get stiff, harder to inflate and oxygen transfer from lung to blood is impaired. This is called asbestosis. It is often progressive.In addition the lining around the lungs can scar ( pleural plaques) and is a cause of cancer involving this lining (mesothelioma). ...Read more

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What are the causes of asbestosis symptoms?

Variety: Asbestosis is scarring of the airspaces of the lungs and thickening of the walls between them (also known as the interstitium). This in turn causes shortness of breath, low oxygen levels and chronic cough. Asbestosis is from prior exposure to asbestos. ...Read more

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What are the immediate effects of asbestosis?

Little or none: Asbestos exposure has no specific immediate effects. Asbestosis is the disease some can get long after (usually decades) inhalation of asbestos dust. When associated with COPD it can cause chronic difficulty with breathing. Some of these people will develop a cancer any large exposure to any dust or inhaled particulate can cause immediate symptoms such as a pneumonitis or acute bronchitis. ...Read more

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What are the most effective ways to prevent asbestosis?

Asbestosis: Most common in miners of asbestos. Others: shipyard, foundry, and demolition workers, and old brakepad manufacturers. Asbestos insulated homes and offices are not a source of exposure unless you remodel/demolish without respiratory protection. This is now illegal so its unlikely, but you should check with osha representatives at work, and with your builder if you live in an "older" (~70s) homes. ...Read more

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How do the spirographs differ between someone with emphysema, asbestosis, and a marathon runner?

How do the spirographs differ between someone with emphysema, asbestosis, and a marathon runner?

Simple Terms : In simple terms: A marathon runner should have normal spirometry, Someone with emphysema should have an obstructive spirometry pattern meaning they have trouble getting the air out when the exhale, And a person with asbestosis should have a restrictive spirometry pattern (meaning they have trouble filling their lungs and taking a breath in). ...Read more

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Asbestos can cause mesothelioma and asbestosis, but how common are those diseases in those heavily exposed?

Asbestos: asbestosis is fairly common in people who have sufficient exposure. Mesothelioma is very rare and takes about 50 years from the exposure to the onset of the cancer. I average diagnosing about 1 lung cancer a week but only find mesothelioma about 1 case every 3 years or so to give you an idea. ...Read more

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Asbestosis (Definition)

Asbestosis is a disease of the lungs caused by the ...Read more