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Diagnosis

The diagnosis is made based on:
  • Reliable history of exposure to asbestos
  • Evidence of lung scarring and fibrosis which is based on a physical exam and/or X-ray
  • Absence of other causes that may produce similar clinical pictures
Tests used in diagnosis of asbestosis:
 

Treatment

Once the condition is diagnosed, treatment involves keeping the patient healthy and treating the symptoms. These measures include:
  • Getting immediate treatment for colds and other respiratory infections
  • Staying updated with vaccinations, especially for flu (influenza) and pneumococcus
  • Avoiding crowds, where infections might be spread
  • Having regular chest x-rays or CT scans to watch for signs of cancers associated with asbestos
  • Having oxygen therapy and other respiratory therapies that can make breathing easier
  • Improve the nutritional state
  • Encourage breathing and physical exercises
  • Home oxygen, if necessary

RESOURCES

American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
US Department of Labor
http://www.osha.gov

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
http://www.ccohs.ca

The Lung Association
http://www.lung.ca

References


Asbestos exposure: questions and answers. Cancer Information Service, National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/asbestos. Accessed December 13, 2006.


Asbestos exposure: questions and answers. Cancer Information Service, National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://cis.nci.nih.gov/fact/3%5F21.htm. Accessed August 4, 2005.


Asbestos: health effects of exposure to asbestos. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) website. Available at: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/asbestos/asbestos/health%5Feffects/. Accessed December 13, 2006.


Asbestos: health effects of exposure to asbestos. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) website. Available at: www.atsdr.cdc.gov/asbestos/asbestos%5Feffects.html. Accessed August 4, 2005.


Becklake MR, Bagatin E, Neder JA: Asbestose-related diseases of the lungs and pleura: uses, trends and management over the last century. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2007;11:356-69.


Diagnosis and initial management of nonmalignant diseases related to asbestos. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2004; 170:691


Mossman BT, Gee JBL. Medical progress: Asbestos-related diseases. N Engl J Med. 1989;320:1721.


O’Reilly KM, Mclaughlin AM, Beckett WS, Sime PJ: Asbestos-related lung disease. Am Fam Physician 2007;75:683-8.


Sette A, Neder JA, Nery LE, et al. Thin-section CT abnormalities and pulmonary gas exchange impairment in workers exposed to asbestos. Radiology. 2004; 232:66.

 

Revision Information

Review Date: 02/2014
  • Update Date: 02/10/2014