Pleural disease has been defined as a “non-cancerous inflammatory condition characterized by the hardening and/or thickening of the tissue lining the lungs.” Pleural plaques are scars on the lungs as a result of exposure to toxic materials. A variety of diseases can fall under this umbrella term. The toxic chemicals that offshore workers are routinely exposed to can result in a pleural disease.
Symptoms of a pleural disease may include:
- A cough that does not go away
- Repeated bouts of pneumonia or bronchitis
- Shortness of breath
- Noisy breathing
- Pain in the chest and upper back area
- Coughing up blood
- Loss of weight
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Facial swelling
- Back pain
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