My husband has pleural fibrosis and pleural plaque caused from exposure to asbestos. My question is: what is the prognosis with someone with this disease? He is receiving care from renowned doctors in the U.S.A., so far the only treatment has been the use of inhalers.
Unfortunately, there is no medication treatment for pleural plaques or pleural fibrosis. Such plaques pose a slightly increased risk of a tumor of the pleura, called Mesothelioma, but the occurrence of this is small and the prognosis for person with pleural plaques, secondary to asbestos exposure, is good. That is to say that, of the large majority of persons with pleural plaques very few develop such tumors; nor, in most instances do they exhibit progression (increase in size) of the plaques, in the absence of continuing exposure. The prescribed inhalers will have no effect on the plaque but may well relieve symptoms of lung disease, other than pleural disease, associated with his asbestos exposure.
Trust his doctors to recommend the right course of treatment.
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