Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Types of Asbestos diseases

Types of Asbestos diseases
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There are a number of asbestos related conditions that can be contracted if there has been exposure although only a minority of those exposed to asbestos will eventually develop symptoms. The diseases are as follows:


An asbestos cancer usually developing in the lining of the lung (the pleura), which can be contracted through small as well as large exposure to the dust. Current English law provides that where several employers exposed an employee to asbestos, if only one employer can be sued (eg. because all the others are insolvent), then that employer is liable for the full amount of compensation awarded for the contraction of mesothelioma.

Lung Cancer

Contracted through very heavy exposure to asbestos. If the sufferer has been a smoker, under current law, one can prove that the exposure to asbestos has caused the condition. These can be difficult cases but they can be won if asbestosis is also present in the lungs or if there is sufficiently heavy exposure.


A fibrosis of the bronchial trees of the lungs caused by heavy exposure to asbestos dust. Inhaling all sorts of dust can cause damage to the lungs of those who breathe it in, with one such result being fibrosis of the lungs. The name of the disease varies according to the type of dust causing the fibrosis. Asbestosis is the name given to fibrosis caused by asbestos dust. This is a progressively disabling condition which can lead to significant respiratory disablement.

Pleural Thickening

Asbestos fibres penetrating the wall of the lungs, known as the pleura, to cause a thickening on the chest wall. Pleural thickening acts as a kind of waistcoat around the lungs affecting the lungs ability to “bellow” during inhalation. This can cause breathing disability.

Pleural Plaques

Scarring of the lining of the lungs caused by the asbestos fibres penetrating the wall of the lungs. Such scars appear on x-rays. They are benign and do not and are not likely to cause any symptoms. Nor are they likely of themselves to lead to any serious asbestos related conditions.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mesothelioma Diagnosis – Vital Claim Support Evidence

Mesothelioma Diagnosis – Vital Claim Support Evidence
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It’s an established fact that exposure to asbestos increases the risk of mesothelioma. Yet despite the definite link between exposure to asbestos particles and asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis, debate has and still continues as to just ‘how much of a risk is present’ in environments where asbestos fibres are discovered.

A significant proportion of the outcome to a mesothelioma compensation case can be dependent on proving, without reasonable doubt, the causal connection between exposure and the onset leading to further development of the disease and it’s fatal consequences.

Undoubtedly, today’s advanced diagnostic procedures are vital and essential to be carried out in every single instance where asbestosis symptoms appear. A diagnosis of mesothelioma will be required by an asbestosis lawyer to be presented as supporting evidence, showing careful assessment of clinical and radiological findings, in addition to tissue biopsy confirmation.

Diagnostic examinations for the assessment of mesothelioma can be conducted by various methods to determine different types of conditions. Accordingly, a specialist will recommend one or more of the following tests:

CT Scan – Computed Tomography ( 10 – 30 mins):
CT scans are able to define pleural effusion, pleural thickening, pleural calcification, possible chest wall invasion. CT cannot distinguish between changes associated with benign asbestos disease, or between a malignant tumour of the lung versus mesothelioma.

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging ( 20 -40 mins):
Possessing greater accuracy than a CT scan, MRI scans are most often used to determine the extent of a tumour prior to aggressive treatment. Images are created in multiple planes, and therefore, are better able to identify tumours as opposed to normal structures. MRI shows a clear diaphragmatic surface and better assessments of the enlargement of specific types of lymph nodes which lie between the two lungs.

PET – Positron Emission Tomography:
Relatively new, PET imaging is now becoming an important part of the diagnosis and evaluation of mesothelioma. Considered more efficient in determining the stages of mesothelioma.

Fluid Analysis:
Cells extracted from the pleural cavity for malignancy testing of the pleural fluid are considered to have limited value in diagnosing mesothelioma. Negative or inconclusive readings account for nearly 85 per cent of all fluid tested, and even with a positive fluid report, doctors may opt to perform a confirming tissue biopsy.

Biopsy – Tissue Analysis:
In most cases, it is ultimately, a needle biopsy of the pleura, or an open surgical biopsy, which will produce a confirmed diagnosis of mesothelioma. In a pleural biopsy procedure, a sample of tissue will be removed to be examined under a microscope by a pathologist.
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