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Document ID (ISN)106300
CIS number 07-379
ISSN - Serial title 1128-6598 - European Journal of Oncology
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bianchi C., Bianchi T., Nicotra M., Grandi G.
Title Asbestos-related pleural mesothelioma among workers of the port of Trieste, Italy
Original title Mesotelioma pleurico da asbesto in lavoratori del porto di Trieste [in Italian]
Bibliographic information Dec. 2005, Vol.10, No.4, p.287-290. Illus. 13 ref.
Abstract Twenty-three cases of pleural mesothelioma observed among dockworkers in Trieste between 1968 and 2004 were reviewed. Necropsy findings were available in 18 cases. The patients, all males, aged between 39 and 80 years (mean 61 years), had been generally employed in loading and unloading of a variety of goods, including asbestos. Of the 18 cases, 12 had begun their activity after 1950. Most had worked for more than 20 years. Latency periods between the start of exposure and tumour diagnosis ranged between 25 and 60 years (mean 38 years). Asbestos bodies were found in histological sections of lung tissue of 15 of the 17 cases examined. When compared with other occupational groups investigated in the Trieste area, port workers showed shorter latency periods and higher prevalence of asbestos bodies in routine lung sections. Findings indicate heavy exposure to asbestos.
Descriptors (primary) dock work; Italy; loading and unloading; pleural mesothelioma; asbestos
Descriptors (secondary) latency; asbestos bodies; length of exposure; histology; long-term exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Asbestos
Water transportation