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Non-Cancer Asbestos Related Diseases and Disorders

Lung cancers such as mesothelioma are the most well-known medical disorders resulting from asbestos exposure. But other possible complications due to asbestos exposure should not be forgotten. These disorders can be relatively benign or very deadly. If you were exposed to asbestos over a long period of time at some point in your life and are experiencing painful symptoms involving your lungs, you should contact your doctor about possible cancer or other asbestos related disorders. Symptoms of asbestos related disorders include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain in the lungs
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Flu-like symptoms

If your doctor rules out the possibility of asbestos related cancers, you should make sure he also checks for disorders such as:

  • Reactive airway dysfunction syndrome (RADS) or occupationally induced asthma
  • Acute or chronic inflammation of the lungs
  • Asbestosis. This is the widespread scarring of the lungs.
  • Disease of the lining of the lungs. The lining of the lungs is called the pleura and asbestos exposure can lead to the inflammation and hardening (calcification) and/or thickening of this tissue.

The Prognosis of These Asbestos Related Diseases and Disorders

RADS and acute or chronic inflammation of the lungs are disorders that cause discomfort but can be lived with relatively easily. There are many non-invasive treatments for these disorders. Asbestosis and pleura diseases range greatly in severity. Some forms are easily treatable but more severe cases can result in lung failure or death.

For additional information on asbestos related disorders, visit the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center.

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