Pleural plaques are fibrous or partially calcified thickened areas formed on the chest wall or lung pleura, caused by exposure to asbestos. The ‘pleura’, is a two layered serous membrane that is the outer lining of the lung and that is attached to the internal chest wall. It can take many years after exposure to asbestos fibres/dust before pleural plaques can be seen on an x-ray or CT scan.
Pleural plaques are not cancer and do not form into cancer, however, are a definite indicator that a person has been exposed to asbestos fibres, and thus has a possibility of having contracted another asbestos related disease.
Many people who have pleural plaques do not suffer any disability (such as shortness of breath and/or pain). However in some circumstances, pleural plaques can cause a disability.
Not everyone who has been exposed to asbestos will develop pleural plaques or another asbestos related disease (ARD).
If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed
with an ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASE and you would like to talk to somebody who knows what it feels like to be in similar circumstances to what you are in, whether you are a sufferer or carer, please phone the Foundation’s 24/7 Support Helpline.
Note: The Bernie Banton Foundation is not accredited to provide advice. The information and/or advice provided is for assistance only. The advice of a qualified specialist, should always be sought before making legal or medical decisions.