Pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers often through environmental or occupational exposure
Characterized by slowly progressive pulmonary fibrosis
Obtain a thorough history of any respiratory symptoms. The most common symptoms include the following:
Shortness of breath
Chest pain or tightness
Risk of asbestos exposure sh...
No curative treatment for asbestosis
Clinical approach should focus on prevention and symptom relief.
Avoidance of further asbestos exposure
Ongoing surveillance for persons with significant exposure history or current exposure with CXR and pulmonary function testing every 3 to 5 year...
Abejie BA, Wang X, Kales SN, et al. Patterns of pulmonary dysfunction in asbestos workers: a cross-sectional study. J Occup Med Toxicol. 2010;5:12. [View Abstract on OvidMedli...
J61 Pneumoconiosis due to asbestos and other mineral fibers
J84.10 Pulmonary fibrosis, unspecified
J92.0 Pleural plaque with presence of asbestos
515 Postinflammatory pulmona...
The increased latency period from initial exposure to asbestos to onset of symptoms can span many years.
Symptoms range from asymptomatic to severe disease requiring palliative care.
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