General Guideline Principles for Asbestosis

for workers compensation patients

The New York State workers compensation board has developed these guidelines to help physicians, podiatrists, and other healthcare professionals provide appropriate treatment for Asbestosis.

These Workers Compensation Board guidelines are intended to assist healthcare professionals in making decisions regarding the appropriate level of care for their patients with ankle and foot disorders.

The guidelines are not a substitute for clinical judgement or professional experience. The ultimate decision regarding care must be made by the patient in consultation with his or her healthcare provider.

Asbestosis of Occupational Interstitial Lung Disease

Condition Considerations of Asbestosis

A number of distinct disease patterns can develop as a result of asbestos exposure. The pulmonary fibrosis that develops as a result of breathing asbestos fibres is referred to as asbestosis.

The most frequent symptom of asbestos exposure is pleural thickening, which manifests as small, discrete pleural plaques (calcified or uncalcified). Other symptoms of pleural illness brought on by exposure to asbestos include diffuse pleural thickening, rounded atelectasis, and non-malignant asbestos-related pleural effusion.

Comorbidities of Asbestosis

Common with illnesses associated with asbestos. Exposure to asbestos is linked to an increased risk of:

  • Lung cancer (with a significantly increased risk of or interaction with tobacco use).

  • Pleural or peritoneal serosal membrane-related mesothelioma

  • Laryngeal and ovarian cancer.

Individuals with asbestosis experience variable rates of disease progression, ranging from mild to severe respiratory impairment. Asbestosis symptoms and radiographic findings are worsened by cigarette smoking history and other exposures such as diesel fuel fumes.

Latency of Asbestosis

The symptoms of asbestosis can take decades after exposure to show up.

Diagnosis of Asbestosis

Asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases are typically diagnosed clinically, based on a work history of sufficient exposure with appropriate latency, objective radiographic evidence (chest radiograph and/or HRCT), an evaluation of pulmonary function, and consideration of other differential diagnoses.

What our office can do if you have workers compensation injuries

We have the experience to help you with their workers compensation injuries. We understand what you are going through and will meet your medical needs and follow the guidelines set by the New York State Workers Compensation Board.

We understand the importance of your workers compensation cases. Let us help you navigate through the maze of dealing with the workers compensation insurance company and your employer.

We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your family. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us so we will do everything we can to make it as easy on you as possible.

We are orthopedic surgeons and do not treat chest diseases. We will refer you to someone in your area who does treat respiratory symptoms.


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