Diseases Caused By Asbestos Exposure: Mesothelioma and Asbestosis.

March 21, 2014

Mesothelioma and asbestosis are two diseases that are caused by exposure to asbestos.  Buffalo workers exposed to asbestos may develop these diseases years after exposure occurred.

While mesothelioma is less common than asbestosis, its high fatality rate makes it one of the most devastating diseases caused by any industrial toxin.  It is a cancer of the mesothelium, which is the lining surrounding the organs in the chest and abdomen. It occurs when inhaled asbestos fibers work their way through the lung into this outer lining.  Mesothelioma takes a very long time to develop and may not appear in diagnosable form until decades after exposure.  More information on mesothelioma and its symptoms can be found here.

Asbestosis is caused when inhaled asbestos fibers become embedded in the inner lung tissue.  This results in scarring, which in turn leads to a condition called fibrosis. The parts of the lungs where fibrosis occurs harden and are less capable of absorbing oxygen. The symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath, coughing and chest pain. Like mesothelioma, it may be decades after exposure before it appears.

Asbestosis also may lead to thickening of the pleura – the membrane surrounding the lungs – causing excess fluid to accumulate in this membrane and scarring of the pleura.  In some cases, pleural thickening is a precursor to the development of mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one has become ill from exposure to asbestos, please call us at 716-400-0000. We would be happy to help you protect your legal rights.