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Pleural Thickening and Pleural Plaques Types and Treatments

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Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that comes with a few other side effects. It is a disease is usually accompanied by other relatively minor disorders that can be linked to exposure to asbestos.

As a result of being exposed to this potentially hazardous material a person may develop diffuse scarring or pleural plaques, both being the most commonly seen side effects.

What is apical Pleural Thickening?

Pleural thickening is being distinguished by whether or not its cause is benign or malignant. If pleural thickening is found in the apex of the lung it is called apical cap. It is seen in the form of a curved radiographic opacity.

The Types of Pleural Thickening

The types of pleural thickening are determined by the development and the region it has spread to. They are distinguished as follows:

  • Apical Pleural
  • Thickening Bilateral
  • Pleural Thickening
  • Focal Pleural Thickening
  • Chronic Pleural Thickening
  • Biapical Pleural Thickening
  • Nodular Pleural Thickening

There might be other types but they haven’t been confirmed, yet, as research and studies have not been going on and more date needs to be evaluated further.

Biapical Pleural Thickening

As the name suggests, if the pleural thickening affects both lung apices, we talk about biapical pleural thickening. Accumulations of fluid, also referred to as pleural effusion, cause the lining of the pleura to thicken, which impairs a patients ability to breathe normally.

What defines pleural thickening?

When the pleura, the lining of the lung, loses it flexibility and hardens, it is called pleural thickening. This affects the lung’s ability to expand and contract freely. This condition is being caused by microscopic asbestos fibers that create scar tissue in the pleura.

What are the Pleural Thickening Treatment Options?

There is only one treatment option available, and that is the surgical removal of the scar tissue. Pleural thickening is strongly associated with all asbestos induced diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. But that does not mean that everybody who was diagnosed with pleural thickening will necessarily develop any of the aforementioned conditions.

In sum: pleural plaques and pleural thickening are very serious conditions and require the immediate attention of a qualified health care professional. They are not a form of cancer, but may succeed an asbestos induced cancerous disease such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and certain forms of lung cancers. The symptoms are ambiguous as they may lead to diagnoses of other, less serious conditions. Please consult with your doctor if you encounter any unusual signs and don’t waste any time. I am a kidney cancer patient if I had waited any longer after I found blood in my urine, my outlook would have been much worse than it is now.