What diagnoses can you receive if you have asbestosis?
It is very important to know that if you have asbestosis, you may receive a diagnosis that does not have this exact name but another.
However, the diagnosis will mean approximately the same thing and will describe the damage that was caused by asbestos to your lungs.
The following is a list of diagnoses you may receive if you have asbestosis.
Nevertheless, this is not a comprehensive list, and you may be told you have a lung disease that is not on this list.
- bilateral interstitial fibrosis
- unilateral left-sided pleural effusion
- extensive fibrosis of the visceral pleura
- pulmonary fibrosis
- pleural plaques
- diffuse pleural thickening
- lung scarring
- lung nodules
- lung spots
You should keep in mind that any of these diagnoses still qualifies you for seeking financial compensation, so if you have one of these diseases, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys. We will have a talk with your healthcare provider, who will offer our experts more details about your diagnosis and how it is related to asbestos exposure. You are most likely eligible for compensation, which is why we strongly encourage you to give us a call if you were told you have one of these diagnoses.
Asbestosis misdiagnosis and asbestos exposure work history
Regardless of the disease, one may suffer from, misdiagnosis is extremely common among victims of asbestos exposure. There are several reasons which explain this awful situation, including people experiencing vague symptoms that might stem from any pulmonary disease, the low prevalence of diseases caused by asbestos exposure, as well as lack of reliable screening tests.
Lack of perceivable symptoms in the early phases of asbestosis also contributes to tardy diagnosis and, at the same time, unfavorable prognosis for plenty of individuals. Nevertheless, undergoing a simple chest X-ray and a series of pulmonary function tests once a year is a very effective measure against a late diagnosis of a potential asbestosis case. Any abnormality the asbestos fibers in your lungs might have caused over time will be visible on the X-ray, so your doctor will be able to determine whether you have developed asbestosis.
However, because pulmonologists rarely encounter asbestos victims during their practice, seeking a second and even third opinion from specialists in asbestos lung disease is vital in the regrettable event you were diagnosed with asbestosis. There are numerous other diseases caused by asbestos exposure that can mimic asbestosis, such as pulmonary fibrosis, COPD, pleural plaques, and even lung cancer. Asbestosis can be also misdiagnosed as:
- diffuse interstitial fibrosis
- interstitial pneumonitis
- fibrosing alveolitis
- desquamative interstitial pneumonitis
- pulmonary alveolar proteinosis
- eosinophilic granuloma of the lung
- drug-induced pulmonary pneumonitis and fibrosis
- radiation-induced pulmonary pneumonitis and fibrosis
- hypersensitivity pneumonitis (extrinsic allergic alveolitis)
- pneumoconiosis such as silicosis, anthracosis
- constrictive bronchiolitis
- benign or malignant neoplasm
Consequently, requesting as many expert opinions as you can is essential for your prognosis and for receiving the correct treatment. Our medical specialists also offer screenings to asbestos victims with a history of occupational exposure, so please feel free to send in your most recent chest X-ray and we will promptly let you know whether your lungs were affected by this carcinogenic mineral. A B-reader is the most qualified to offer you an accurate interpretation of your X-ray. He is trained to recognize the fibers wherever these are lodged in the lungs: the lower bilateral lobes, the lower lung zones, mid lung zones, and all six lung zones.