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Document ID (ISN)77943
CIS number 02-371
ISSN - Serial title 1877-7856 - Encyclopédie médico-chirurgicale
Year 2001
Convention or series no. Fascicule 16-535-L-10
Author(s) De Vuyst P., Dumortier P., Thimpont J., Gevenois P.A.
Title Respiratory diseases due to asbestos
Original title Pathologies respiratoires de l'amiante [in French]
Bibliographic information Toxicologie-Pathologie professionnelle, 1st Quarter 2001, No.130, 11p. Illus. 148 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) France; respiratory diseases; asbestos
Descriptors (secondary) bronchial cancer; pulmonary fibrosis; pleural mesothelioma; diagnosis; industrial physicians; long-term exposure; encyclopaedia; data sheet; tomography; exposure evaluation
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Asbestos
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)