One of the most common complications of asbestos exposure is Asbestosis, which is a chronic breathing disorder directly caused by long-term exposure. Over time, asbestos fibers can become lodged inside the lungs in the area where oxygen is exchanged for carbon dioxide, thereby preventing the lungs from properly delivering oxygen to the bloodstream. The lung tissue can eventually become severely scarred, which in turn inhibits the lung’s ability to expand and contract and results in extreme difficulty breathing.
Symptoms may include shortness of breath (dyspnea) immediately after exposure, but often the most severe symptoms will not manifest until decades later. Coughing, chest pain, and a persistent dry cough are all symptoms of asbestosis. In advanced cases, a finger deformity may also result in which the tips of the fingers expand and become more rounded. Additionally, patients diagnosed with asbestosis are also more likely to develop lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Because the most common symptoms of asbestosis are similar to those which present in other common respiratory diseases, a positive diagnosis may require a combination of chest X-rays, CT scans, and pulmonary function tests. Currently, there is no cure for asbestosis, and no available treatment which can successfully reverse the effects of asbestos exposure. Patients diagnosed with asbestosis are typically treated with medication and oxygen therapy, but in some cases the only available treatment is a complete lung transplant.
If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, contact the Hill Law Firm today. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries caused by asbestos. Our lawyers offer free consultations to answer your questions. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related injury, do not hesitate, call today to speak with experienced San Antonio Mesothelioma Lawyers.