Asbestosis Diagnosis: Determining Whether A Worker Has Asbestos-Related Pulmonary Fibrosis, Or Asbestosis, Involves Certain Medical Criteria

The diagnosis of asbestosis — which is essentially pulmonary fibrosis caused by asbestos dust or fibers — is explained in this medical journal article, “Pathology of Asbestosis—An Update of the Diagnostic Criteria: Report of the Asbestosis Committee of the College of American Pathologists and Pulmonary Pathology Society”, which was published by the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine in March 2010.

From the Abstract for this 2010 medical journal article we get this medical definition of “asbestosis”:

Asbestosis is defined as diffuse pulmonary fibrosis caused by the inhalation of excessive amounts of asbestos fibers. Pathologically, both pulmonary fibrosis of a particular pattern and evidence of excess asbestos in the lungs must be present. Clinically, the disease usually progresses slowly, with a typical latent period of more than 20 years from first exposure to onset of symptoms.

This Abstract also sets forth, and briefly discusses, the four main factors or medical criteria involved with an asbestosis diagnosis:

  • Differential Diagnosis: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Differential Diagnosis: Respiratory Bronchiolitis
  • Role of Asbestos Bodies
  • Role of Fiber Analysis

Of course, much more detail about how asbestos causes asbestosis and how a medical doctor diagnoses this non-malignant asbestos disease is contained in the full text of this medical journal article by lead author Victor Roggli, of Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina.


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