Asbestosis Introduction

Asbestosis Introduction

Asbestosis is part of the asbestos-related diseases, namely mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Asbestos-related disease is also known as an occupational disease.

Asbestosis occurs due to exposure to asbestos, asbestos being a potential cause that is more prominent caused by the environment than the occupational disease (occupational disease). 

Asbestos exposure occurs through inhaled fibers in the air in the environment, ambient air around factories that handle asbestos, or indoor air in housing and buildings containing asbestos materials. 

Heavy asbestos exposure can occur in the construction or shipping industries, especially during the disposal of asbestos materials for renovation, repair, or demolition.

Asbestos is the name given to a group of natural minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion, including mineral fibers such as chrysotile, amosite, and crocidolite. Chrysotile, known as white asbestos, is a magnesium silicate that belongs to the Serpentine group and is the most common type (about 95% of all asbestos uses. 

Other types of asbestos belong to the amphibole group and include crocidolite, known as blue asbestos, amosite, also called brown asbestos, and anthophyte. All these types have stronger mechanical and chemical resistance than chrysotile.

Asbestosis Prognosis

The Prognosis of asbestosis depends on the duration and intensity of exposure to asbestos minerals. The condition worsens during acute exacerbations and superimposes the infection. Complications in asbestosis increase mortality.[3,5,15]

Complications

Complications of asbestosis develop to cause failure in the heart and lungs as well as malignancy:

Source

Edward A. Emmett. Asbestos in High-Risk Communities: Public Health Implications. 2021. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/4/1579/htm

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Christopher D Jackson. Asbestosis. 2020. https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/295966-overview.

Francesca Donato, Luisa Maida, and Gianluigi Discalzi. 2018. Exposure to asbestos: past, present and future. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5830559/

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