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Document ID (ISN)108898
CIS number 08-1383
ISSN - Serial title 1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Miles S.E., Sandrini A., Johnson A.R., Yates D.H.
Title Clinical consequences of asbestos-related diffuse pleural thickening: A review
Bibliographic information 8 Sep. 2008, Vol.20, No.3, 10p. Illus. 67 ref.
Abstract Asbestos-related diffuse pleural thickening (DPT) is increasingly common due to the large number of workers previously exposed to asbestos. It may coexist with asbestos related pleural plaques but has a distinctly different pathology. The pathogenesis of this condition as distinct from pleural plaques is gradually becoming understood. Benign asbestos-related pleural effusions commonly antedate the development of DPT. High resolution computed tomography is more sensitive and specific than chest radiography for the diagnosis of DPT. Magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography scanning may be useful in distinguishing between DPT and malignant mesothelioma. DPT may be associated with symptoms such as dyspnoea and chest pain. It affects lung function but rarely results in respiratory failure or death.
Descriptors (primary) pleural thickening; asbestos; diagnosis; symptoms; pathology
Descriptors (secondary) mesothelioma; dyspnoea; magnetic resonance imaging; tomography; chest radiography
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Asbestos
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)