Asbestosis is best explained as a scarring or “fibrosis” of the lungs. When asbestos fibers are inhaled into the lungs, they remain embedded in the lung tissue and cause chronic irritation and inflammation. Over time, this inflammation causes scar tissue to develop. As scar tissue builds up, it replaces healthy lung tissue. Scar tissue is inflexible and cannot contract and expand which leads to impairment in lung function. It is at this point that symptoms of asbestosis begin to appear. The severity of asbestosis depends both on the length of time since onset of asbestos exposure and on the intensity of exposure.
Asbestosis is incurable
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) has identified a number of diagnostic criteria for nonmalignant asbestos diseases, including asbestosis. These criteria involve conducting a proper physical examination, as well as obtaining an accurate occupational and environmental history.
ATS notes that while asbestosis commonly develops after prolonged exposures of 10 to 20 years, it also can occur with “short, intense exposures to asbestos, lasting from several months to 1 year or more.”
Physical evidence of asbestosis may include crackles/rales, finger clubbing, cyanosis, chest radiological findings (e.g., pleural plaques, honeycombing), pulmonary function test findings (e.g., restrictive impairment), and pathological findings.
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