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Asbestosis is a lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos dust. Inhaling asbestos dust can cause scarring in the lungs and in the pleural membrane (lining) that surrounds the lungs.

People with asbestosis have difficulty breathing, often have a cough and, in severe cases, have an enlarged heart.

Symptoms usually occur 10 to 20 years after exposure to asbestos dust. Symptomatic treatment such as oxygen therapy may help, but the lung damage is not reversible.

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Asbestosis | myVMC

Asbestosis is a fibrotic disease of the lungs caused by chronic exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibres. Asbestos is mixture of chemicals that occurs naturally as a fibre substance andwas widely used in the building industry for insulation, roofing and fireproofing. Asbestosis damages the connective tissuein the lungs, causing thelungs to become fibrous and stiff. Asbestos exposure can lead to other diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

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Asbestos and your health | Better Health Channel

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Pleural fluid analysis - Lab Tests Online AU

To help diagnose the cause of inflammation of pleurae (pleuritis, pleurisy), accumulation of fluid in the pleural space (pleural effusion), or possible malignancy

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