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 104 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Descriptive review of asbestosis and silicosis hospitalization trends in North Carolina, 2002-2011.
 

Author(s): Gregory T T Dang, Nirmalla Barros, Sheila A Higgins, Ricky L Langley, David Lipton

Journal: N C Med J. ;74(5):368-75.

 

Asbestosis and silicosis are debilitating pulmonary conditions resulting from inhalation of asbestos fibers or silica dust.

Last Updated: 29 Oct 2013

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The influence of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions on the risk of asbestosis.
 

Author(s): A Franko, V Dolžan, N Arnerić, M Dodič-Fikfak

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2013 ;2013():405743.

 

This study investigated the influence of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions on the risk of developing asbestosis. The study comprised 262 cases with asbestosis and 265 controls with no asbestos-related disease previously studied for MnSOD, ECSOD, CAT, GSTT1, GSTM1, GSTP1, ...

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2013

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[Incidence of asbestosis and other benign lung diseases: Spain, 1962-2010].
 

Author(s): Montserrat García Gómez, Alfredo Menéndez-Navarro, Rosario Castañeda López

Journal: Rev. Esp. Salud Publica. 2012 Dec;86(6):613-25.

 

We lack in Spain of a full description of the diseases caused by asbestos since its inclusion in the list of occupational diseases 1961. The aim of this study is to know the incidence of asbestosis and other asbestos-related benign lung diseases, which were recognized as occupational ...

Last Updated: 17 Jan 2013

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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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Investigation of the Anti-Cancer Activity of Artichoke Extract in an Asbestos-Exposed Population
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Asbestos Exposure

 

Last Updated: 25 Aug 2014

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