Asbestosis

  • Alternative Names

    Pulmonary fibrosis - from asbestos exposure; Interstitial pneumonitis - from asbestos exposure


    Symptoms
    • Chest pain
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath on exertion (slowly gets worse over time)
    • Tightness in the chest

    Possible additional symptoms include the following:

    • Nail abnormalities
    • Clubbing of fingers

    Signs and tests

    When listening to the chest with a stethoscope (auscultation), the doctor may detect a crackling sound.

    These tests may help diagnose the disease:

    • Chest x-ray
    • CT scan of the lungs
    • Gallium lung scan
    • Pulmonary function tests