Asbestos-related disease

Hosp Med. 2002 Mar;63(3):148-51. doi: 10.12968/hosp.2002.63.3.2059.


Until the 1980s, asbestos was widely used throughout the UK. The incidence of asbestos-related disease is still climbing because of the long delay in developing the disease from the initial exposure. The spectrum of diseases encompasses malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung carcinoma and benign pleural disease, including pleural plaques.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asbestos / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / etiology
  • Male
  • Mesothelioma / etiology
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Pleural Diseases / etiology
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods
  • Workers' Compensation


  • Asbestos