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Transcript of Asbestosis

Respiratory Disease

What is Asbestosis?
long term breathing disorder caused by inhaling asbestos fibers
accumulation of these fibers in the lungs can cause permanent scaring (Mayo Clinic, 2011).
Who is at risk of getting asbestosis?
anyone exposed to the chemical
smokes exposed to the chemical
How is asbestosis treated?
•Staying away from asbestos – stop your exposure
•Draining fluid from your lungs, when needed
(Canadian Lung Association, 2013).
Future complications from Asbestosis
pulmonary hypertension
benign pleural diseases
benign pleural effusions (fluid around the lung)
How is asbestosis diagnosed?
can take 20 or 30 years from the time people started working with asbestos to the time they notice the symptoms (Canadian Lung Association, 2013).

•a dry cough
•chest pain
•feeling short of breath at all times


detailed medical and work history
pulmonary function testing
chest Xray and CT scans (Canadian Lung Association, 2013).

How does asbestos damage the lungs?
The first diagnosis of asbestosis was made in 1924.
English doctor determined that the cause of death was what he called "asbestosis".
A study was done on asbestos workers and 25% . of them showed evidence of asbestos-related lung disease (Asbestos Resource, 2013).
History of Asbestos
Asbestos Facts. (2013). Asbestos facts Canada. Retrieved from http://asbestosfacts.ca/

Asbestos Resource Center. (2013). History of Asbestos. Retrieved from http://www.asbestosresource.com/history/
Canadian Lung Association. (2012, September 24). Asbestosis. Retrieved from Canadian Lung Associaction website: http://www.lung.ca/diseases-maladies/a-z/asbestosis-asbestose/index_e.php
Mayo Clinic. (2011, January 7). Asbestosis. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/asbestosis/DS00482
Northern Insulation. (n.d.). Asbestosis [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://www.northerninsulation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Asbestosis.jpg
Work Safe BC. (2009, January 30). Asbestos [Video file]. Retrieved from
Work Safe BC. (2013). Asbestos. Retrieved from http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=35328
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