Asbestosis

Asbestosis: insidious onset of dyspnea with exertion due to hx of asbestos exposure, CXR shows peripheral opacities, pleural plaques, lavage shows asbestos fibers


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  • Asbestosis
  • aka: Asbestos exposure,
  • insidious onset of dyspnea with exertion due to hx of asbestos exposure, CXR shows peripheral opacities, pleural plaques, lavage shows asbestos fibers
  • insidious dyspnea with exertion, hx of asbestos exposure
  • bibasilar crackles (end-insp), right failure if severe
  • restrictive PFTs, DLCO↓, CXR (peripheral opacities, pleural plaques), lavage/sputum contains asbestos fibers, stains blue for iron
  • body can't get rid of asbestos