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Diffuse Pleural Thickening

This condition develops when asbestos fibers on the outer lining of the lungs gradually cause tissue scarring, which eventually leads to the thickening of the pleura. While pleural plaques – another sign of asbestos exposure – concern a small region of the lungs affected by tissue thickening, diffuse pleural thickening entails the scarring of a larger surface of the pleura. Diffuse pleural thickening may be a forerunner of mesothelioma.

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Up to 13% of Individuals Exposed to Asbestos in the Workplace Will Develop Pleural Thickening

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If you were diagnosed with diffuse pleural thickening, monitoring your health regularly is essential and will help your doctor timely detect a potential onset of mesothelioma. It is recommended to undergo a series of tests (chest X-rays, pulmonary function tests and CT scans) two times a year. We also encourage you to seek a second opinion from a specialist in asbestos diseases, regardless of your diagnosis, as the rate of misdiagnosis is alarmingly high among asbestos victims.



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