Pleural effusions are an excessive amount of fluid building up in the spaces between the linings of the pleural cavity. This fluid buildup exerts pressure on the lungs, making breathing difficult and causing chest pains.
The development of thick plaques on the lungs are not fatal, but they can cause a number of health problems. Symptoms include a grating sensation while breathing, chest pain, and an increased risk of further lung health complications.
Repeated irritation from asbestos can cause the thin, delicate tissue of the pleural lining to scar over and thicken up. This can cause difficulty breathing and pain while breathing.
One of the few explicit conditions only caused by asbestos exposure, asbestosis is a form of fibrosis that is caused by asbestos that repeatedly irritates and damages the tissue. Symptoms of asbestosis include clubbing of the fingertips or toes, crackling sounds while breathing, persistent or dry coughing, shortness of breath, and tightness or pain in the chest.
The most severe health condition that can arise from asbestos exposure, mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly cancer. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelium, a lining of the pleural cavity, the cardiac cavity, and the abdominal cavity. There are two common types of mesothelioma: Pleural and peritoneal.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma that forms in the lining of the lungs. Pleural mesothelioma is caused by asbestos particles that embed themselves in the lungs and proceed to damage and irritate the pleural mesothelium until the DNA of the cells is damaged and tumors begin to form.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common form of mesothelioma that forms in the abdominal lining. This type of cancer forms when asbestos particles embed in the abdominal wall through the lymphatic or circulatory system. Once embedded, the irritation and damage caused by the asbestos particles leads to cellular DNA damage, allowing cancerous tumors to form.
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