Asbestos-Related Pleural Disease

Among the pleural, a typical indicator of asbestos exposure, including the development of pleural plaques, calcification, thickening, rounded atelectasis, adhesions, effusion and mesothelioma. The diagnosis is based on history and Röntgenthorax- or CT findings. The treatment is symptomatic.

Asbestos is the generic term for naturally occurring fibrous silicates, which are well suited due to their heat resistance and structural properties as construction materials for buildings and ships, automotive brakes and some textiles. Chrysotile (a Serpentinfaser), crocidolite and amosite (amphibole or straight fibers) are the 3 main groups of disease-causing asbestos.

Among the pleural, a typical indicator of asbestos exposure, including the development of pleural plaques, calcification, thickening, rounded atelectasis, adhesions, effusion and mesothelioma. The diagnosis is based on history and Röntgenthorax- or CT findings. The treatment is symptomatic. Asbestos is the generic term for naturally occurring fibrous silicates, which are well suited due to their heat resistance and structural properties as construction materials for buildings and ships, automotive brakes and some textiles. Chrysotile (a Serpentinfaser), crocidolite and amosite (amphibole or straight fibers) are the 3 main groups of disease-causing asbestos. Asbestos may be other pleural diseases other than mesothelioma cause (mesothelioma). Such pleural effusions cause, but cause few symptoms. All pleural be diagnosed by chest x-ray or CT images, wherein the chest CT is more sensitive for the diagnosis of pleural changes as a chest x-ray. Treatment is rarely required. Discrete plaques which affect up to 60% of the asbestos-exposed workers typically lie on both sides of the parietal pleura 5 to 9 rib and the adjacent diaphragm. Calcifications are common and may lead to misdiagnosis of severe lung disease, if superimposed lung fields on radiographs. In the CT it can be distinguished from pleural parenchymal disease. Fat stripes may be confused with the chest x-ray with pleural plaques. CT can differentiate a pleural disease of fat. Asbestos-related plaque Image courtesy of David W. Cugell, M.D. var model = {thumbnailUrl: ‘/-/media/manual/professional/images/asbestosrelated_plaques_high_de.jpg?la=de&thn=0&mw=350’ imageUrl: ‘/-/media/manual/professional/images/asbestosrelated_plaques_high_de.jpg?la = en & thn = 0 ‘, title:’ asbestos-related plaque ‘description,’ u003Ca id = “v37893145 ” class = “”anchor “” u003e u003c / a u003e u003cdiv class = “”para “” u003e u003cp u003eKalzifizierte pleural plaques on the chest wall and the diaphragm u003c / p u003e u003c / div u003e. ‘credits’ image courtesy of David W. Cugell

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