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Document ID (ISN)78559
CIS number 02-817
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bianchi C., Brollo A., Ramani L., Bianchi T., Giarelli L.
Title Asbestos exposure in malignant mesothelioma of the pleura: A survey of 557 cases
Bibliographic information Apr. 2001, Vol.39, No.2, p.161-167. 32 ref.
Abstract A series of 557 cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma diagnosed in the Trieste-Monfalcone area, Italy, in the period 1968-2000 was reviewed. The cases included 492 men and 65 women, aged between 32 and 93 years. Necropsy findings were available in 456 cases (82%). Occupational histories were obtained from the patients or their relatives. Routine lung sections were examined for asbestos bodies in 442 cases. In 109 cases isolation and counting of asbestos bodies were performed. A majority of people had histories of working in shipyards. Asbestos bodies were observed in lung sections in 67% of the cases. Latency periods (time intervals between first exposure to asbestos and death) ranged between 14 and 75 years. Latency periods among insulators and dock workers were shorter than among the other categories. High asbestos consumption occurred in many countries in the 1960s and in the 1970s. The data on latency periods obtained in the present study suggest that a world mesothelioma epidemic is to be expected in the coming decades.
Descriptors (primary) carcinogens; shipyards; pleural mesothelioma; asbestos
Descriptors (secondary) Italy; asbestos bodies; latency
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Shipbuliding and ship repair