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Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition that is caused by prolonged exposure to high concentrations of asbestos fibers in the air.

Learn About Asbestosis

Inhalation of large amount of asbestos fibers or its dust over a long period of time can produce scarring of lung tissues. This scarring is called asbestosis.

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Asbestosis Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors

Most people with asbestosis had their exposure before the late 1970s, and contracting it on the job now is unlikely. See what symptoms of asbestiosis look like and common materials that can increase your risk of asbestos exposure.

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Diagnosing and Treating Asbestosis

Asbestosis is usually diagnosed by a careful medical history, exposure history and chest X-ray or CT scan that shows scarring of the lung tissues. This information, along with breathing tests, help your doctor determine how severe your asbestosis is and how much of your lung is working.

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Living with Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a chronic disease. Although there is no cure, you can take certain steps to improve the quality of life for you and your family.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Asbestosis

If you are seen by your primary care doctor, you can ask him to refer you to a doctor who has experience in managing asbestosis. When you are diagnosed with asbestosis, you and loved ones are likely to have many concerns and questions. Here are some questions that you may want to ask your doctor.

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This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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