Understanding Pleural Asbestos Diseases

The pleura involves thin membranes that line the lungs, chest cavity and diaphragm. When a person has been exposed to asbestos, the fibers can migrate from the lungs to the lining, leading to a variety of potential conditions. David C. Thompson, P.C., in Grand Forks, North Dakota, is a full-service asbestos litigation firm, dedicated to protecting the rights of victims who suffer from any form of pleural asbestos disease.

Malignant asbestos-induced diseases garner a great deal of attention. Pleural mesothelioma is a devastating condition that attacks the pleura. Yet, many benign pleural asbestos diseases require medical and legal attention. We strive to give victims who have suffered serious harm from asbestos exposure a strong voice in court.

Common pleural asbestos diseases include:

  • Pleural effusion: The pleura is a sac that holds a small amount of fluid to lubricate internal body systems. When asbestos fibers irritate the pleural membrane, excess fluid can build up between layers. The excess fluid can cause difficulty in breathing and pain. Pleural effusions are often treatable and are not always related to asbestos. However, medical attention is vital to ensure that a more serious condition is not associated with the increase in fluid.
  • Pleural plaques: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 50 percent of individuals who had regular exposure to asbestos will develop scarring to the membranes that line the lungs and chest cavity. Pleural plaques are localized scars in the membrane that form as a result of asbestos fibers migrating into the pleural membrane.
  • Pleural thickening disease: Similar to pleural plaques, diffuse pleural thickening disease involves scar tissue in the lining of the lungs and chest wall. Pleural thickening can cause pain and result in shortness of breath as the hardening of the membrane impairs lung function.
  • Pleural mesothelioma: Pleural mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that impacts the membranes protecting the lungs.

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