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Pleural Plaques symptoms

The presence of pleural plaques is an indicator that a person has been exposed to asbestos. Plaques are small, localised areas of fibrosis found within the pleura of the lung, caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.  

In the majority of cases pleural plaques do not produce any significant physiological change or loss of lung function, and only very rarely give rise to physical symptoms.


There is no available medical evidence to show that pleural plaques become malignant or lead to mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.

If you are experiencing symptoms of breathlessness or a persistent cough, please visit your GP and inform them of any previous asbestos exposure. Please also join the register for regular updates.

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