Pleural Plaques

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Pleural plaques

Pleural plaques are discrete areas of fibrous tissue and are usually located on the linings of the lungs.  They are commonly found in workers who have been exposed to asbestos and can appear 20 years or more after exposure.  Unless they are very extensive, plaques do not affect the functioning of the lung or cause breathlessness.

Plaques do not "turn into" other forms of asbestos related disease but their presence is a good indicator of probably asbestos exposure.

It is not possible to claim compensation for pleural plaques in respect of exposures which have taken place in England or Wales.  However, compensation can be claimed for Scottish exposure.

As they do not generally cause any symptoms, state benefits are not payable for pleural plaques.

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