Non-Malignant Asbestos-Related Conditions
Our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims of asbestos-related conditions. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Peter Angelos can provide information regarding non-malignant pleural conditions.
The pleura is a thin layer of tissue that wraps around the outside of the lungs and the inside of the chest cavity. There is a very thin space between the layers of the pleura that is typically filled with a small amount of fluid. The fluid allows the two layers of tissue to smoothly glide past one another as the lungs expand and contract during breathing. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they lodge in this lung tissue. Over time – as many as 20 to 50 or more years after initial exposure – the asbestos fibers can damage the tissue and cause a number of non-malignant pleural conditions. Non-malignant asbestos-related conditions include the following:
- Pleural Plaque/Thickening
Asbestos fibers can irritate the pleura, causing inflammation and scar tissue plaques to form on the tissue. This is not a cancerous condition, but it can impair lung function and restrict breathing capacity.
- Pleural Effusion
An accumulation of fluid in the pleural cavity, pleural effusion, is a common disorder associated with asbestos exposure. The fluid can make expansion of the lungs difficult, which can cause pain, coughing and difficulty breathing.
Asbestosis is a chronic scarring of the lungs caused by long-term asbestos exposure. Also known as fibrosis, scarring can cause shortness of breath, coughing and dry crackling sounds. Serious cases of asbestosis can cause cardiac failure. A progressive disease, asbestosis may not manifest for up to 15 to 30 or more years after first exposure to asbestos.
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