Asbestosis

Common Name(s)

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by inhaling fibers of asbestos. Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals with long, thin fibers that were once used widely as insulation. The airborne fibers become lodged within your lungs, where they irritate and scar lung tissue. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and usually don’t appear until 10-40 years after continued exposure. They include shortness of breath, a persistent dry cough, loss of appetite with weight loss, fingertips and toes that appear wider and rounder than normal, and chest tightness or pain. People who worked with asbestos before the government began regulating its use in the 1970s are more likely to suffer from asbestosis.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Asbestosis" returned 124 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Systemic autoimmune disease in asbestosis rapidly responding to anti-interleukin-1beta antibody canakinumab: a case report.
 

Author(s): Laura Niccoli, Emanuele Cassarà, Olga Kaloudi, Carlotta Nannini, Micaela Romagnoli, Fabrizio Cantini

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Asbestosis is characterized by lung and pleural fibrosis and by immune system dysregulation, with autoantibody production and systemic immune-mediated disease. No specific therapies are available for asbestosis. Recently, the pivotal pathogenic role exerted by interleukin-1beta has ...

Last Updated: 15 Jun 2015

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Pleural plaques in smoking-associated fibrosis and pulmonary asbestosis.
 

Author(s): Rahul G Sangani, Andrew J Ghio, John E Parker

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Last Updated: 22 May 2015

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Smoking-associated fibrosis and pulmonary asbestosis.
 

Author(s): Jacob R Bledsoe, David C Christiani, Richard L Kradin

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The diagnosis of pulmonary asbestosis is most often established based on clinical criteria and has both clinical and legal implications. Unfortunately, one of the confounding features in the diagnosis may be a history of cigarette abuse, which can produce interstitial opacities on ...

Last Updated: 8 Jan 2015

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The terms "Asbestosis" returned 11 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Pulmonary endpoints (lung carcinomas and asbestosis) following inhalation exposure to asbestos.
 

Author(s): Brooke T Mossman, Morton Lippmann, Thomas W Hesterberg, Karl T Kelsey, Aaron Barchowsky, James C Bonner

Journal: J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev. 2011 ;14(1-4):76-121.

 

Lung carcinomas and pulmonary fibrosis (asbestosis) occur in asbestos workers. Understanding the pathogenesis of these diseases is complicated because of potential confounding factors, such as smoking, which is not a risk factor in mesothelioma. The modes of action (MOA) of various ...

Last Updated: 2 May 2011

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Asbestos, asbestosis, and lung cancer: a critical assessment of the epidemiological evidence.
 

Author(s): P A Hessel, J F Gamble, J C McDonald

Journal: Thorax. 2005 May;60(5):433-6.

 

The question of whether lung cancer can be attributed to asbestos exposure in the absence of asbestosis remains controversial. Nine key epidemiological papers are reviewed in a point/counterpoint format, giving the main strengths and limitations of the evidence presented. Of the nine ...

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2005

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Asbestosis and lobar site of lung cancer.
 

Author(s): W Weiss

Journal: Occup Environ Med. 2000 May;57(5):358-60.

 

To assess the evidence for the hypothesis that lung cancer has a predilection for the lower lobes in workers with asbestosis.

Last Updated: 8 Jun 2000

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Oscillation Mechanics of the Respiratory System Asbestos Exposed: Early Diagnosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Asbestosis

 

Last Updated: 30 Jun 2015

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