Asbestosis lung inflammation and scarring from breathing in asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a mineral used to strengthen and fireproof materials.
Asbestosis is caused by breathing in air that has asbestos fibers in it. The fibers become trapped in the lungs and cause scarring and inflammation. This makes it hard for the lungs to work as they should.
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