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Treatment for apical pleural thickening

Hello, Good day! I just want to know if what are the possible treatment for patient diagnose with Apical Pleural Thickening. That was the reading of my CXR (SFRU & LV). and im too worry about it because I need to be cleared for me to have my visa going to Libya for work.It was only told to me whileago the result of my CXR over the phone, I havent went back to the clinic yet where my medical Exam had taken, somewhat Im afraid of what will be the consequences. Please enlighten me.. Thanx, Virgilio R. Antonio Jr
Asked On : Fri, 13 Apr 2012
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Apical pleural thickening is the thickening of pleura (2 very thin layers) covering the apical (top) portion of the lungs. There are many causes of this like infection or any other inflammatory disease process. Commonest cause in the developing countries is Tuberculosis-past or present. First you should get yourself thoroughly investigated to find out the cause and to estimate the functional impairment it is causing. If there is no active disease and there is no functional impairment, you may not have to do much and you will be cleared for visa. Treatment is by thoracoscopy to remove the thickened pleura or by lobectomy if underlying lung is also thickened(fibrosed).
Answered: Sat, 26 May 2012
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