WHAT IS PLEURAL THICKENING?
The pleura is the tissue that lines the chest cavity and the outside of
the lungs. A healthy pleura is very elastic and plays an important role in
helping someone breathe. What if the pleura is scarred or damaged from asbestos
exposure, as in a case of “pleural thickening”? In that case, the tissue loses
its elasticity and can cause great difficulty breathing. Certain pleural symptoms can indicate pleural cancer.
What is pleural thickening?
June 21, 2010 – Occupational asbestos exposure can lead to several
changes in a worker’s lung tissue, including pleural plaques, pleural effusions,
and pleural thickening. Of these three changes, pleural thickening is the most
worrisome, as it is frequently a sign of asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Pleural plaques are patches of scarring on the lungs, chest
wall and diaphragm which usually do not produce symptoms and are not believed to
be a definite indicator of other lung problems.
Pleural effusions are abnormal build-ups of fluid between
the lung membranes. Pleural effusions are considered a benign change that
generally disappears after several months, but can also be treated with pleurodesis surgery. Pleural effusions still
indicates a possibility of future asbestos-related problems.
Pleural thickening is a permanent change that can interfere
with breathing and usually indicates a serious, life-threatening disease.
While pleural plaques nearly always indicate asbestos exposure, pleural
effusions and pleural thickening can be caused by other factors. Pleural
thickening can actually be present without any signs of asbestos-related
However, pleural thickening is frequently a sign of asbestosis and mesothelioma, both caused by
occupational asbestos exposure. Pleural mesothelioma cancer is caused by the
inhalation of airborne asbestos
fibers, which become imbedded in the lining of the lung, the pleura.
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