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Asbestos and the lung 

Asbestos and the lung
Asbestos and the lung

Stephen Chapman

, Grace Robinson

, John Stradling

, Sophie West

, and John Wrightson

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date: 21 November 2018

Respiratory complications of asbestos exposure continue to increase and represent a significant workload for respiratory physicians. This chapter covers asbestosis, mesothelioma, benign asbestos pleural disease (pleural plaques, benign pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, and rounded atelectasis), and their complications. There have been several recent developments in the management, allowing improved care of these patients, particularly the use of thoracoscopy for diagnosis and pleurodesis and indwelling pleural catheters. The recent NICE approval of pemetrexed has offered new management pathways for mesothelioma. Aspects of compensation for patients with asbestos-related diseases are discussed.

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