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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Asbestos exposure

06/20/2008

Question:

I may have been exposed to asbestos when a small section of plaster wall (six square feet) from a house built in the 1920`s was removed. This work was done in a bathroom, so the area is small and enclosed. There wasn`t much dust, but I cleaned a thin layer of dust off the counter and floor with a shop vacuum for 5 minutes, causing any fibers to become airborne. I then left the site and returned the next day to continue with the remodel. What is my risk factor for lung disease from this action? Please advise. Thank you.

Answer:

The risk of a brief (5 minute) and low level exposure is extremely low and should not pose concern for future lung health.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University