Pleural thickening symptoms can take many years to develop because the condition is usually caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos over a long period of time. The symptoms can also vary from individual to individual and if a patient believes that they may be suffering from pleural thickening it is important that they seek an accurate diagnosis from a qualified medical professional.
Pleural thickening affects the lung function via the pleura having become thickened and/or calcified. When the membrane becomes calcified or scarred it becomes less elastic and causes impairment in how the lung functions.
Pleural thickening symptoms
Anyone that is suffering from pleural thickening will likely encounter some or all of the following symptoms –
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of tightness across the chest
- General chest pain which is manifested typically after physical exertion
Depending on the progression of the disease, pleural thickening can be a debilitating disease which will substantially alter the quality of life of a sufferer. In other cases, the disease can be monitored and managed.