Tuberculosis has been considered a risk factor for progression of asbestosis in individuals with occupational asbestos exposure history. Asbestos was a common occurrence for millions of our service members. Anyone who served in the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, may qualify for asbestos trust funds and VA benefits.
Tuberculosis May Occur Concurrently with Asbestos-Related Pleural Disease
Nowadays, asbestos is known to trigger numerous serious diseases once it enters the body, as fibers are highly carcinogenic and irritating to tissues. The inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to a number of asbestos-related lung diseases and lung problems, including asbestosis. The prevalence of diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis along with asbestosis varies from 3.8% to 36%, thus creating a link between the two lung disorders.
Undergoing a chest X-ray and a series of pulmonary function tests is crucial when dealing with these types of diseases to accurately get diagnosed and get proper treatment. Getting a proper diagnosis from specialists preferably specialized in asbestos-related diseases can change your prognosis but also gives you the right to file for compensation.
Tuberculosis Misdiagnosis and Veterans with a History of Military Asbestos Exposure
Many of the symptoms of tuberculosis such as difficulty in breathing, productive cough, fever or chest pain can be quite similar to the symptoms of asbestosis and other interstitial lung diseases. Veterans with a history of asbestos exposure should take special note of the symptoms and immediately seek medical attention. The predictors of survival and overall prognosis differ from person to person depending on their age, physical features, and severity of the disease when diagnosed. However, extending the life of a patient with an asbestos-related disease also depends on the correct and early diagnosing.
Receiving a wrong diagnosis and unsuitable treatment greatly affects your prognosis. We have a team of skilled specialists who are well equipped and experienced to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.
Quality Assistance for Military Veterans Injured in the Line of Duty
If you have tuberculosis and a well-traced history of military asbestos exposure, even though there are no symptoms yet, our medical professionals will evaluate your X-ray and let you know if the fibers are present in your lungs. When asbestos-related effects like pleural plaques show up on your X-ray, you may be eligible to receive compensation through asbestos trust funds or the VA. Successful veteran’s claims result in financial compensation, as well as access to hospitals, clinics and treatment facilities.