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Many people with asbestos-related diseases suffer from pleural effusions. This is where fluid collects between the pleura. This collection of fluid can cause breathing difficulties as it prevents the lungs from expanding fully. This can be treated by having pleurodesis.
Pleurodesis seals the space between the pleura using chemicals which inflame the pleura causing it to stick together. This means that there is no space and so fluid cannot collect.
Pleurodesis does not treat mesothelioma but is used to treat the symptoms and to make the patient more comfortable by aiming to ease breathing problems.
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