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Contributors: Casey Silver MD, Mary Anne Morgan MD, Ryan R. Walsh MD, Joshua J. Jarvis MD, Alastair Moore MD, Abhijeet Waghray MD
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Synopsis

Asbestosis is a fibrotic lung disease resulting from extensive inhalation of asbestos fibers. Symptoms include insidious onset of cough, dyspnea, and chest discomfort. Pleural effusions and mesothelioma are associated disorders. Latency between exposure to asbestos and development of disease is typically at least 20 years, making diagnosis difficult.

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ICD10CM:
J61 – Pneumoconiosis due to asbestos and other mineral fibers

SNOMEDCT:
22607003 – Asbestosis

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Last Reviewed: 05/08/2019
Last Updated: 05/13/2019
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Asbestosis : Exertional dyspnea, Nail clubbing, Pleural thickening, Wheezing, Hypoxia, Pleural plaques
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Radiograph shows widespread pleural plaques (straight black arrow) with several plaques showing calcifications (straight white arrows) in addition to reticular opacities primarily demonstrated in the mid and lower lung zones (curved black arrows). 71 year-old male with history of asbestos exposure, presenting with acute shortness of breath. Imaging findings compatible with asbestosis.
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