- Disease onset occurs ≥10 years following the initial exposure to asbestos.
- Patients may be asymptomatic or have progressive shortness of breath.
- CXR is the preferred initial test.
- There is no definitive treatment.
- Cigarette smoking cessation is important to reduce risk of lung cancer.
- Prognosis is related to extent of fibrosis noted at diagnosis and past cumulative exposure to asbestos.
Last updated: Apr 22, 2013