|Document ID (ISN)||77943|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1877-7856 - Encyclopédie médico-chirurgicale
|Convention or series no.
||De Vuyst P., Dumortier P., Thimpont J., Gevenois P.A.
||Respiratory diseases due to asbestos
||Pathologies respiratoires de l'amiante [in French]|
||Toxicologie-Pathologie professionnelle, 1st Quarter 2001, No.130, 11p. Illus. 148 ref.
||Diseases caused by asbestos concern not only occupational physicians, but also general practitioners and lung specialists. Indeed, risks are no longer confined to manufacturing sites but extend to thousands of individuals having worked with asbestos (often without being aware of the fact) or having lived in buildings insulated with this material. Improvements in working conditions have lead to a reduced incidence of severe lung fibrosis in favour of less-invalidating pleural lesions associated with lower cumulative, but more frequent exposures. Persons suffering from asbestos-related diseases rarely die from respiratory insufficiency, but from delayed neoplasic complications such as mesothelioma or bronchial cancer, occurring mostly after cessation of occupational activity. Progress in tomodensitometric imaging and in exposure assessment through the mineralogical analysis of lung tissue have resulted in improved approaches in the diagnosis of diseases linked to these fibres.
||France; respiratory diseases; asbestos
||bronchial cancer; pulmonary fibrosis; pleural mesothelioma; diagnosis; industrial physicians; long-term exposure; encyclopaedia; data sheet; tomography; exposure evaluation
||F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
|Country / State or Province||Belgium|
|Broad subject area(s)
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)