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Glossary for Asbestosis

  • Asbestos conditions: Medical conditions caused be exposure to asbestos dust
  • Asbestos poisoning: A general term which refers to any adverse health effect caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos poisoning can occur when asbestos fibres are inhaled or ingested. The effects of asbestos poisoning (asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer etc) can take as long as forty years to occur.
  • Berylliosis: A condition that results from inhalation of beryllium in to form of dust or fumes. The lungs, skin eyes or blood may be affected and the affects can occur immediately or after long term exposure.
  • COPD: Severe obstruction of bronchial air flow typically from bronchitis and/or emphysema.
  • Chemical poisoning -- Asbestos: Asbestos is a chemical used in a wide range of materials: heat and sound insulation, wall and ceiling panels, pipe insulation, floor tiles, toasters, cements, brake pads, roofing materials and furnaces. Ingestion and other exposures to the chemical can cause various symptoms. The type and severity of symptoms varies depending on the amount of chemical involved and the nature of the exposure.
  • Chest pain: Pain in the chest area.
  • Congestive Heart Failure: Inadequate pumping and decline of heart function common in the elderly.
  • Congestive heart failure: Inadequate pumping and decline of heart function common in the elderly.
  • Coughing blood: Blood in coughed up material.
  • Emphysema: Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is defined as an abnormal, permanent enlargement of the air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles accompanied by destruction of their walls and without obvious fibrosis.
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Lung fibrosis from unknown causes.
  • Lung cancer: Lung cancer is a disease of uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. This growth may lead to metastasis, which is the invasion of adjacent tissue and infiltration beyond the lungs. Most lung tumors are malignant.
  • Mesothelioma: Type of lung cancer associated with asbestos.
  • Persistent cough: The noise produced from the sudden expulsion of air from the lungs
  • Pleural effusion: Fluid in the pleural spaces.
  • Pneumoconiosis: A lung disease caused by breathing in air contaminated with particles of dust such as coal, kaolin, asbestos and talc. It is generally an occupation disease where people are exposed to the contaminated air for prolonged periods of time. Generally symptoms stop once the exposure ceases.
  • Poisoning, overdose or adverse reactions: Medical conditions related to poisons, drug overdosage, or drug adverse reactions.
  • Pulmonary fibrosis: A scarring condition that affects the lungs
  • Respiratory conditions: Any condition that affects the respiratory system
  • Respiratory failure: Failure of the respiratory system
  • Shortness of breath: The feeling of being short of breath
  • Sleep disturbance: Sleeping difficulty, called insomnia, can involve difficulty falling asleep when you first go to bed at night, waking up too early in the morning, and waking up often during the night.
  • Tiredness: Feeling tired either physically or mentally
  • Tuberculosis: Bacterial infection causing nodules forming, most commonly in the lung.
  • Work-related conditions: Medical conditions related to a person's work or occupation, such as workplace chemical exposures.

 

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