Pleural Disease Information
Pleura is a layer of tissue around the lungs. They consist of two layers of tissue separated by a space known as the pleural sac. The pleural sac helps contract the lungs as the diaphragm expands to help you breath.
Breathing function can be impaired when these tissues are damaged. The pleural tissue is one of the first places where evidence of asbestos exposure is detected. Typically emerging 20 to 30 years after exposure, pleural diseases manifest themselves in three forms:
Pleural plaque involves a buildup of firm scar tissue on the pleura, which surrounds the lung. While plaques do not themselves become cancerous, they can make breathing more difficult.
Pleural thickening also involves scarring of the tissue surrounding the lungs, but unlike plaque, which is firm and tends to emerge in smaller areas, pleural thickening tends to be more extensive, impairing lung function and significantly restricting breathing capacity.
Pleural effusions involve a buildup of fluid within the pleural sac that surrounds the lung. While these will generally resolve on their own, they are difficult while they persist because they make life difficult. They often emerge before pleural thickening.
While not cancerous one their own, these conditions are significant as they indicate that the person is at a greater risk than the general population of developing lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Contact A Minnesota Asbestos-Related Pleural Disease Lawyer
Although persons with these diseases are often symptom-free, it is important that you contact an attorney immediately if you have been diagnosed by a doctor with pleural plaques or pleural thickening to ensure your legal rights are protected. Submit your information in the free case evaluation field to the right and one of our attorneys will contact you, or contact one of our attorneys by phone at 800-620-1829 or review our Minnesota asbestos-related pleural disease lawyers’ bios.