What are pleural plaques?
Pleural plaques are areas of tissue that become thickened in the lining of the lungs. They happen 20-30 years after breathing in asbestos fibres.
Pleural plaques are not the same as asbestosis and are not a form of cancer. Pleural plaques do not develop into more serious conditions. However, asbestos exposure may mean you’re at risk of getting mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis.
Symptoms of pleural plaques
In most cases, people don’t have symptoms with pleural plaques. You can live with them without knowing that you have them.
Very rarely, people might have:
- chest pain
- a cough
Diagnosing pleural plaques
Treating plural plaques
Plural plaques do not need treating. They can’t be removed either.
If you smoke and have breathed in asbestos fibres, the best thing you can do to reduce your risk of asbestos-related conditions is to quit smoking. Find out more about how you can quit.