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Document ID (ISN)40346
CIS number 83-1250
Year 1983
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bianchi C., Brollo A., Bittesini L.
Title Asbestos-related diseases among sailors
Original title Patologia da asbesto nei marittimi [in Italian]
Bibliographic information Atti della sezione studi, Centro internazionale radio-medicale, Via dell'Architettura 41, 00144 Roma, Italy, 1983, p.5-13. Illus. 15 ref.
Abstract This study (one of two papers receiving the 1982 Dr. L. Guida Prize) describes 6 cases of lung pathology due to asbestos exposure. In 4 cases the lesions were observed at autopsy. Four subjects had worked in the merchant navy (two firemen, an engine-room officer and a seaman who worked on dredges) and two had served in the navy. Three patients had malignant mesothelioma of the pleura and one had lung carcinoma. Hyaline plaques on the pleura were observed in three of the four autopsies. Asbestos bodies were found in the lung only after chemical digestion of the lung tissue. Previous studies have concentrated on the risk posed by asbestos in the shipbuilding industry; the present cases illustrate the health hazards faced by people working on board asbestos-containing vessels.
Descriptors (primary) asbestos; pleural mesothelioma; sea transport; ships; lung cancer
Descriptors (secondary) pleural thickening; autopsy; case study
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Water transportation