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Pleural Disease and Pleural Mesothelioma

After extended exposure to asbestos, many individuals develop serious medical issues including pleural disease and pleural mesothelioma. These types of cancers may take up to 10 years for symptoms to develop, but the effects on your body are irreparable.

What Is Pleural Disease?

Pleural disease is a nonmalignant cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers that scar the pleura—the thin membrane that lines the lungs. Depending on the type of scarring, pleural disease may be known as pleural thickening (scarring extends the chest wall) or pleural plaques (focused, well-defined scarring).

Both forms of pleural disease impair the proper functioning of the lungs and may cause shortness of breath. Although the symptoms can be treated, the disease is progressive over time and currently has no cure. Unfortunately, signs of the disease may not appear for up to 10 years following exposure and is commonly diagnosed alongside asbestosis.

What Is Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma?

Pleural mesothelioma is the malignant cancer that may develop in patients who were exposed to asbestos and are currently suffering with pleural disease. Once the disease has been diagnosed, it can be fatal in up to 1 year; however, there are treatment options available to extend the initial prognosis. There is no cure for malignant pleural mesothelioma, but options such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and alternative therapies can be used.

Contact Our Experienced Asbestos Attorneys

Exposure to asbestos has caused severe medical problems for thousands of Americans including the development of various cancers such as pleural mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, and colon cancer. At Smith Clinesmith, LLP, our asbestos bankruptcy lawyers are dedicated to helping you fight for the compensation you deserve for your wrongful exposure to asbestos by filing a personal injury claim against asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Contact our mesothelioma attorneys in Dallas today to discuss your medical condition that arose from asbestos exposure.