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People who have lung nodules are more susceptible to complications from COVID-19

By Shaniqua Williams

Posted on July 14th, 2020

As the new virus is spreading at a rapid pace, people with lung nodules need to take extra precautions to prevent infection with SARS-COV-2, since they are among the demographics at the highest risk as they are also more prone to developing serious health complications.

Every year, lung nodules are discovered incidentally in 1 million people throughout the U.S. The detection usually occurs when the person is having a chest X-ray or undergoes a CT scan. While the majority are benign, 40% to 50% are cancerous. Only a biopsy can reveal whether a lung nodule is malignant. However, regardless of the nature of the lung nodules someone has, they are at increased risk of infection with coronavirus, since their respiratory and immune systems are highly damaged by these abnormal growths.

Why are people with lung nodules more prone to complications from the new virus?

At the moment, the U.S. is the country that has the largest number of people diagnosed with coronavirus. Among the demographics at high risk for COVID-19 are people who have lung nodules, since their respiratory system is compromised, as well as their immune system. Moreover, they are also susceptible to develop serious health complications after they contract the new virus, such as:

      • severe muscle pain
      • heart attack
      • irregular heart rate
      • acute respiratory distress syndrome
      • fatigue
      • cardiovascular shock

If you notice a new onset of symptoms, you should visit the emergency room as soon as possible. The main symptoms of coronavirus are coughing fever, and difficulty breathing.

To avoid infection with the new virus, you should take extra precautions. Some of these protective measures include:

      • keeping a distance of at least 3 feet from the people around you when you go outside
      • avoiding leaving your house except for emergencies, such as purchasing groceries or visiting your physician
      • washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
      • disinfecting the objects and surfaces you frequently use on a regular basis
      • refraining from touching your eyes, nose or mouth if you have not previously washed your hands
      • watching or reading the news concerning the coronavirus to stay up to date with the precautions you need to take to avoid contracting it

Asbestos exposure could be a potential cause for the development of lung nodules

The primary causes are granulomas, the inflammation of several portions of lung tissue, and hamartomas, which are benign lung tumors. Nevertheless, they can also occur when cancer located in another part of the body metastasizes to the lungs, in which case lung nodules will always be malignant. It is worthy of note that larger growths are more likely to be cancerous. According to the American Thoracic Society, less than 5% of lung nodules are actually cancerous. There are multiple other causes that can lead to their formation such as:

    • infections - when infections such as tuberculosis, fungal infection or parasitic infection affect the lungs, nodules are more likely to develop
    • inflammation - sarcoidosis and rheumatoid arthritis are two health conditions which may cause inflammation within the lungs and may give way to the occurrence of lung nodules over time
    • neoplasms - these abnormal growths occurring in the lungs can be benign or malignant and include fibroma, blastoma and neurofibroma, as well as lymphoma, sarcoma, and carcinoid
    • pneumoconiosis - occupational diseases which develop following the inhalation of toxic particles, such as asbestos fibers or silica dust, may lead to the growth of lung nodules within several decades

They can also be the result of exposure to dangerous occupational agents, such as asbestos. When products that contain asbestos are disturbed or when a person handles raw asbestos for the manufacturing of various materials, their activity will release tiny fibers in the air. Subsequently, asbestos, which is classified as a known carcinogen by numerous health organizations around the world, will reach the lungs of the people who perform such tasks by inhalation. Once inside the lungs, asbestos will gradually cause inflammation and tissue scarring which, in turn, may lead to the development of lung nodules. It is important to keep in mind that 20 to 50 years may pass from the person's first contact with the mineral to the formation of this condition.

The following occupations are only some which had been using tremendous amounts of asbestos before 1980 when the mineral was finally regulated in the country:

People with lung nodules may be eligible for compensation

If you developed lung nodules as a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure, you are entitled to receiving financial compensation from the asbestos trust funds of the companies which manufactured the products you were in contact with on the job. Our law firm has vast experience in pursuing asbestos exposure cases and we will gladly review your case free of charge. The only documents we need from you are your employment and medical records, as evidence is necessary to support your case. In the unfortunate case you are a veteran who has lung nodules due to military asbestos exposure, our attorneys will also file a claim with the VA. Eventually, you will recover the financial compensation you are entitled to, which will help you afford better healthcare and treatment.

Lastly, it is important to take legal action as soon as you find out about your diagnosis, since asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years. Therefore, if you fail to apply for compensation within this given time, you will no longer be eligible. It is also noteworthy that, unless we obtain financial compensation for you, you will not have to pay our law firm anything. With 30 years of professional experience, our attorneys will carefully and thoroughly prepare all the necessary documents to file your claim so that you can benefit from the money you deserve.