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  1. Asbestosis Asbestosis

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    B. Marín Martínez

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available La asbestosis es una fibrosis pulmonar intersticial difusa secundaria a la inhalación de fibras de asbesto. Existe una relación dosis respuesta entre la exposición a asbesto y riesgo de desarrollar asbestosis, de tal forma que a mayor exposición, mayor riesgo de desarrollar la enfermedad. El tiempo de latencia clínica es inversamente proporcional al nivel de exposición. La disnea de esfuerzo y la tos seca junto con los crepitantes inspiratorios tardíos son los síntomas y signos más frecuentes. La radiografía de tórax constituye un instrumento básico en la identificación de la enfermedad, no obstante el TAC de alta resolución ha añadido una mayor sensibilidad. Las pruebas de función respiratoria muestran alteraciones ventilatorias restrictivas con disminución de la difusión pulmonar. La determinación de cuerpos de asbesto en BAL es un indicador de exposición aunque su ausencia no descarta enfermedad. El diagnóstico de certeza es histopatológico aunque en la mayor parte de los casos se establece el diagnóstico basándose en la existencia de antecedente de exposición a asbesto junto con hallazgos clínicos, radiológicos y funcionales sugestivos y tiempo de latencia adecuado sin recurrir a la biopsia pulmonar.Asbestosis is a diffuse interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, secondary to the inhalation of asbestos fibres. There is a dose-response relationship between exposure to asbestos and the risk of developing asbestosis, in such a way that the greater the exposure, the greater the risk of developing the disease. The time of clinical latency is inversely proportional to the level of exposure. Dyspnoea upon exertion and a dry cough together with end-inspiratory crackles are the most frequent symptoms and signs. Chest radiography is a basic tool in identifying the disease, however high resolution CAT has added greater sensitivity. Tests of the respiratory function show alterations and restrictive ventilations with a reduction of

  2. Asbestosis

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    Pulmonary fibrosis - from asbestos exposure; Interstitial pneumonitis - from asbestos exposure ... Breathing in asbestos fibers can cause scar tissue (fibrosis) to form inside the lung. Scarred lung tissue does not expand and contract ...

  3. Asbestos and Asbestosis. LC Science Tracer Bullet.

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    Alderson, Karen L., Comp.

    Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in several forms and because of its temperature-resisting properties, flexibility, and strength, it was widely used in the construction industry, automobile industry, and textile industry. Asbestos becomes dangerous when it crumbles and breaks releasing fibers that can cause asbestosis and certain…

  4. Iron and iron-related proteins in asbestosis.

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    ABSTRACT: We tested the postulate that iron homeostasis is altered among patients diagnosed to have asbestosis. Lung tissue from six individuals diagnosed to have had asbestosis at autopsy was stained for iron, ferritin, divalent metal transporter 1 (DMT1), and ferroportin 1 (FP...

  5. Diagnostic value of exercise testing in asbestosis

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    The diagnostic value of simple exercise testing was examined in 81 current male asbestos-cement workers, divided into four groups according to the International Labour Office (ILO) category of irregular opacities: 0/0, 25; 1/1, 24; 1/2, 22; and 2/2, 10 men. An increasing X-ray score was accompanied by more severe functional abnormality in keeping with the development of a restrictive defect. Symptom-limited oxygen uptake (VO2SL) did not depend on the X-ray grade and was 76.7, 71.9, 68.7, and 73.5% pv, respectively, for the four groups. Subjects with ILO score 1/1 had significantly higher exercise ventilation at O2 uptake of 1.01.min-1 (VE 1.0) than those with grade 0/0. End-exercise tidal volume (VTSL in 1) decreased with an increasing X-ray score: 2.14, 1.98, 1.85, and 1.62, respectively. VTSL standardized for vital capacity (VTSL/VC) followed the same pattern. Asbestosis was diagnosed in 25 men, in whom VE 1.0 was significantly higher (p less than .02) and VTSL lower (p less than .01) than in the 0/0 group. VO2SL was similar in both groups. The findings suggest that VE 1.0 and VTSL may be early functional indicators of asbestos-related interstitial lung fibrosis. The measurement of both exercise indices may increase the certainty of clinical diagnosis of asbestosis in subjects with less advanced disease

  6. Asbestosis mortality surveillance in the United States, 1970-2004.

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    Bang, Ki Moon; Mazurek, Jacek M; Syamlal, Girija; Wood, John M

    2008-01-01

    To describe the demographic, geographic, and occupational distribution of asbestosis mortality in the United States during 1970-2004, we identified a total of 25,413 asbestosis deaths. We calculated national, state, and county death rates, age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population. We also calculated industry- and occupation-specific proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs), adjusted for age, sex, and race, and corresponding confidence intervals (CIs) using available data. The overall U.S. age-adjusted asbestosis death rate was 4.1 per million population per year; the rate for males (10.4) was nearly 35-fold higher than that for females (0.3). It increased significantly from 0.6 to 6.9 per million population from 1970 to 2000 (pinsulation workers (109.2; 95% CI 93.8-127.2) and boilermakers (21.3; 95% CI 17.0-26.6). PMID:18686715

  7. Interobserver variations in diagnosing asbestosis according to the ILO classification.

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    Perić, Irena; Novak, Katarina; Barisić, Igor; Mise, Kornelija; Vucković, Maja; Janković, Stipan; Tocilj, Jadranka

    2009-06-01

    Inhalation of asbestos fibres leads to asbestosis of the pleura and the lung, with possible progression to lung cancer and malignant pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma. Asbestosis remains difficult to diagnose, especially in its early stages. The most important role in its diagnosis is that of chest radiographs. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to address interobserver variations in interpreting chest radiographs in asbestos workers, which remain to be an issue, despite improvements in the International Labour Office (ILO) classification system. In our ten-year study, we investigated 318 workers occupationally exposed to asbestos, and in 210 workers with diagnosed asbestos-related changes we compared interpretations of chest radiographs according to ILO by two independent radiologists. The apparent degree of interobserver variation in classifying lung fibrosis was 26.66% for the diameter of changes and 42.2% for the profusion of the changes. In cases with diffuse pleural thickening, the interobserver variation using ILO procedures was 34.93%. This investigation raises the issue of standardisation and objectivity of interpretation of asbestosis according to the ILO classification system. This study has revealed a significant disagreement in the estimated degree of pleural and parenchymal asbestos pulmonary disease. This is why we believe high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) should also be used as a part of international classification. PMID:19581213

  8. Interobserver variations in diagnosing asbestosis according to the ILO classification.

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    Perić, Irena; Novak, Katarina; Barisić, Igor; Mise, Kornelija; Vucković, Maja; Janković, Stipan; Tocilj, Jadranka

    2009-06-01

    Inhalation of asbestos fibres leads to asbestosis of the pleura and the lung, with possible progression to lung cancer and malignant pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma. Asbestosis remains difficult to diagnose, especially in its early stages. The most important role in its diagnosis is that of chest radiographs. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to address interobserver variations in interpreting chest radiographs in asbestos workers, which remain to be an issue, despite improvements in the International Labour Office (ILO) classification system. In our ten-year study, we investigated 318 workers occupationally exposed to asbestos, and in 210 workers with diagnosed asbestos-related changes we compared interpretations of chest radiographs according to ILO by two independent radiologists. The apparent degree of interobserver variation in classifying lung fibrosis was 26.66% for the diameter of changes and 42.2% for the profusion of the changes. In cases with diffuse pleural thickening, the interobserver variation using ILO procedures was 34.93%. This investigation raises the issue of standardisation and objectivity of interpretation of asbestosis according to the ILO classification system. This study has revealed a significant disagreement in the estimated degree of pleural and parenchymal asbestos pulmonary disease. This is why we believe high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) should also be used as a part of international classification.

  9. Asbestosis: Past voices from the Mumbai factory floor

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    Abhijeet V Jadhav

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Asbestos′s production, processing, and consumption is on very high scale in India and it is increasing, and so do the related diseases. Asbestosis is such a disease which causes progressive respiratory disability. Aim: To find out perceptions and thinking about this disease and its risk among the patients which will help in constructing an effective community-based prevention and rehabilitation program. Materials and Methods: It was a community-based, qualitative study using a semi-structured interview schedule with 17 asbestosis patients from Mumbai, disgnosed by specialist with pulmonary function test and X-rays as per International Labour Organisation′s recommandations. Results: The risk percived by the patients is very less and attitude toward the illness is bengine as there is no clear understanding about the causation. The prolong latent period appears to be the main cause. It suggests a need of very strong program for prevention of asbestosis with the incorporation of worker awareness and eduaction for safety. The socio-economical status and educational levels of the workers make this floating population more vulnarable for manipulation by the corporates. Conclusion: Apart from the radical step of ban on asbestos, there is a need of community-based sustainable, affordable, and accessible rehabilitation program with a component of palliative care which will consider the different needs of this marginalized group. The need for such a program is intense as the number of asbestisis patients will keep on increasing till 30 to 40 years of asbestos ban.

  10. Comparative study of mesothelioma and asbestosis using computed tomography and conventional chest radiography

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    A comparative study using computed tomography and conventional posteroanterior radiography was performed on 27 patients with mesothelioma and 13 patients with advanced asbestosis. The major pathologic features of both asbestosis and mesothelioma were well demonstrated by both modalities; computed tomography demonstrated the findings more frequently and in greater detail. No distinguishing features could be established based on configuration and size of the lesion. Many pleural plaques associated with advanced asbestosis were large and irregular and resembled those associated with mesothelioma. However, nodular involvement of the pleural fissures, pleural effusion, and ipsilateral volume loss with a fixed mediastinum were features predominating in mesothelioma. Growth determination of the plaques associated with asbestosis may be of minimal value since such plaques also undergo growth due to active inflammatory changes

  11. Radiographic asbestosis is not a prerequisite for asbestos-associated lung cancer in Ontario asbestos-cement workers.

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    Finkelstein, M M

    1997-10-01

    In recent years, controversy has developed about whether pre-existing asbestosis is a prerequisite for the diagnosis of asbestos-related lung cancer. This paper presents the results of a prospective study, in a cohort of Ontario asbestos-cement workers, of lung cancer in relation to radiographs obtained 20 and 25 years from first exposure to asbestos. Radiographs were interpreted by a single NIOSH-certified "B" reader, and asbestosis was defined to mean an ILO code of 1/0 or greater. There were 143 subjects (123 without asbestosis, 20 with asbestosis), with a radiograph available for interpretation at 20 years from first exposure or later. The lung cancer standardized mortality ratio (SMR) among men without asbestosis at 20 years latency was 5.53 (95% CI: 2.9-9.7). There were 128 subjects (114 without asbestosis, 14 with asbestosis) with a radiograph available for interpretation at 25 years from first exposure or later. The lung cancer SMR among men without asbestosis at 25 years latency was 5.81 (95% CI 2.7-11). The results of this study are consistent with those of epidemiologic studies of asbestos-exposed populations in a variety of exposure situations. These studies have demonstrated that lung cancer risk is elevated in the presence of radiographic asbestosis, but they have also shown that lung cancer risk may be elevated in the absence of radiographic asbestosis. PMID:9258387

  12. Cancer Mortality and Asbestosis Among Workers in an Asbestos Plant in Chongqing, China

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    FEI ZHONG; EIJI YANO; ZHI-MING WANG; MIAN-ZHEN WANG; YA-JIA LAN

    2008-01-01

    Objective To investigate whether asbestosis is a risk factor for mortality of lung cancer. Methods A fixed cohort study was established in an asbestos plant in Chongqing, China, and followed up for 30 years from the beginning of 1972. Basic personal information on life state, cause of death, and diagnosis of asbestosis was collected. Multiple logistic regressions were applied to analyze risk factors. Results During the 30-year follow-up, 584 male workers constituting a total of 14 664 person-years were monitored and data were analyzed. Among them, 203 (34.8%) died and the mortality rate was 13.8 per 1000 person-years, cancer accounting for 37.4%. Excess risks were observed for lung cancer (OR=3.72) and nonmalignant respiratory diseases (OR=2.73) among workers with asbestosis. High-exposure level was another risk factor for lung cancer (OR=3.20). Workers with category Ⅱ of asbestusis demonsatrated a higher OR of both lung cancer and nonmalignant respiratory diseases than those with category Ⅰ of asbestosis. Conclusion High asbestos exposure level and asbestosis were the risk factors for death of lung cancer and nonmalignant respiratory diseases. Asbestosis is an independent risk factor for lung cancer among Chinese workers exposed to chrysotile, the risk increases with the increasing profusion of opacities of lung.

  13. Asbestosis and other pulmonary fibrosis in asbestos-exposed workers: high-resolution CT features with pathological correlations

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    Arakawa, Hiroaki [Dokkyo Medical University, Department of Radiology, Mibu, Tochigi (Japan); Kishimoto, Takumi [Okayama Rosai Hospital, Asbestos Research Center, Okayama (Japan); Ashizawa, Kazuto [Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Clinical Oncology, Nagasaki (Japan); Kato, Katsuya [Kawasaki Medical School, Department of Diagnostic Radiology 2, Okayama (Japan); Okamoto, Kenzo [Hokkaido Chuo Hospital, Department of Pathology, Iwamizawa, Hokkaido (Japan); Honma, Koichi [Dokkyo Medical University, Department of Pathology, Mibu, Tochigi (Japan); Hayashi, Seiji [National Hospital Organization Kinki-Chuo Chest Medical Center, Osaka (Japan); Akira, Masanori [National Hospital Organization Kinki-Chuo Chest Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Osaka (Japan)

    2016-05-15

    The purpose was to identify distinguishing CT features of pathologically diagnosed asbestosis, and correlate diagnostic confidence with asbestos body burden. Thirty-three workers (mean age at CT: 73 years) with clinical diagnoses of asbestosis, who were autopsied (n = 30) or underwent lobectomy (n = 3), were collected. Two radiologists independently scored high-resolution CT images for various CT findings and the likelihood of asbestosis was scored. Two pathologists reviewed the pathology specimens and scored the confidence of their diagnoses. Asbestos body count was correlated with CT and pathology scores. Pathologically, 15 cases were diagnosed as asbestosis and 18 cases with various lung fibroses other than asbestosis. On CT, only the score of the subpleural curvilinear lines was significantly higher in asbestosis (p = 0.03). Accuracy of CT diagnosis of asbestosis with a high confidence ranged from 0.73 to 0.79. Asbestos body count positively correlated with CT likelihood of asbestosis (r = 0.503, p = 0.003), and with the confidence level of pathological diagnosis (r = 0.637, p < 0.001). Subpleural curvilinear lines were the only clue for the diagnosis of asbestosis. However, this was complicated by other lung fibrosis, especially at low asbestos body burden. (orig.)

  14. Asbestosis and other pulmonary fibrosis in asbestos-exposed workers: high-resolution CT features with pathological correlations

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    The purpose was to identify distinguishing CT features of pathologically diagnosed asbestosis, and correlate diagnostic confidence with asbestos body burden. Thirty-three workers (mean age at CT: 73 years) with clinical diagnoses of asbestosis, who were autopsied (n = 30) or underwent lobectomy (n = 3), were collected. Two radiologists independently scored high-resolution CT images for various CT findings and the likelihood of asbestosis was scored. Two pathologists reviewed the pathology specimens and scored the confidence of their diagnoses. Asbestos body count was correlated with CT and pathology scores. Pathologically, 15 cases were diagnosed as asbestosis and 18 cases with various lung fibroses other than asbestosis. On CT, only the score of the subpleural curvilinear lines was significantly higher in asbestosis (p = 0.03). Accuracy of CT diagnosis of asbestosis with a high confidence ranged from 0.73 to 0.79. Asbestos body count positively correlated with CT likelihood of asbestosis (r = 0.503, p = 0.003), and with the confidence level of pathological diagnosis (r = 0.637, p < 0.001). Subpleural curvilinear lines were the only clue for the diagnosis of asbestosis. However, this was complicated by other lung fibrosis, especially at low asbestos body burden. (orig.)

  15. Mortality in cases of asbestosis diagnosed by a pneumoconiosis medical panel.

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    Coutts, I I; Gilson, J C; Kerr, I H; Parkes, W R; Turner-Warwick, M

    1987-01-01

    One hundred and fifty five male cases of asbestosis certified by the London Pneumoconiosis Medical Panel during 1968-74 were followed up during 1978-9, 4-11 (mean 7.5) years after certification. Fifty nine patients had died, 23 (39%) from lung cancer, 6 (10%) from mesothelioma, and 11 (19%) from other respiratory causes. The number of observed deaths was 2.25 times greater than expected and 7.4 times greater than expected for lung cancer. Adenocarcinoma was the commonest histological type but...

  16. Asbestose no Brasil: um risco ignorado Asbestosis in Brazil: an unknown risk

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    Diogo Dupo Nogueira

    1975-09-01

    Full Text Available É descrito o caso de um trabalhador da indústria de cimento-amianto, portador de quadro de asbestose comprovado clínica, funcional e radialogicamente; trata-se do primeiro caso dessa pneumoconiose descrito na literatura médica brasileira. É chamada a atenção para a possibilidade de que casos dessa doença estejam passando desapercebidos no Brasil, onde é crescente a utilização do amianto pela indústria.A single case of asbestosis occurring in a cement-asbestos worker is described, this being the first case clinically, functionally and radiologically confirmed and described in the Brazilian scientific litterature. Due to the increasing use of asbestos by Brazilian industry, attention is drawn to the possibility of cases like this passing undiagnosed unless the possibility of its occurrence is considered.

  17. Radiological and CT signs of pulmonary asbestosis. Comparison of methods in own material

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    In 36 subjects with a history of present or past work in the production of commodities from asbestos or chrysotile, during 10 to 48 years, functional pulmonary investigations, conventional chest radiograms and CT scans were done. In about 30% of cases it was found that pulmonary changes detected by CT scans were much better imaged than on chest radiograms. On chest radiograms pleural plaques were observed in 13.8% od cases and on CT scans in 27.7%. It was demonstrated that CT was the method of choice in the detection of retraction changes in pulmonary asbestosis, pleural plaques and calcium salt deposits. Conventional chest radiograms done in two standard projections were much more useful than CT in the detection of thickening of visceral pleura from the side of interlobar fissures. 17 figs., 7 tabs., 28 refs. (author)

  18. Asbestos lung burden and asbestosis after occupational and environmental exposure in an asbestos cement manufacturing area: a necropsy study

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    Magnani, C; Mollo, F.; Paoletti, L.; BELLIS, D.; P. Bernardi; Betta, P.; Botta, M; Falchi, M.; Ivaldi, C; Pavesi, M.

    1998-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The largest Italian asbestos cement factory had been active in Casale Monferrato until 1986: in previous studies a substantial increase in the incidence of pleural mesothelioma was found among residents without occupational exposure to asbestos. To estimate exposure to asbestos in the population, this study evaluated the presence of histological asbestosis and the lung burden of asbestos fibres (AFs) and asbestos bodies (ABs). METHODS: The study comprises the consecutive seri...

  19. Autopsia por silico-asbestosis: revisión a propósito de un caso forense

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    A. Sibón Olano

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de un varón de 72 años de edad, ex fumador desde hace años, diagnosticado de silicosis y carcinoma epidermoide de pulmón derecho, solicitándose por parte de la familia autopsia judicial por la sospecha de padecimiento de asbestosis y tras su confirmación reclamación como enfermedad profesional. La exposición de este suceso nos permite realizar una revisión de una enfermedad profesional que suele pasar como desconocida en las salas de autopsia, a pesar de su repercusión judicial. La asbestosis es un tipo de neumoconiosis reconocida como enfermedad profesional producida por la inhalación de fibras de asbesto. Su inhalación provoca fibrosis pulmonar. Presenta un tiempo de latencia clínica inversamente proporcional al nivel de exposición. Además de fibrosis pulmonar pueden producirse derrames pleurales, placas fibrosas pleurales, mesoteliomas, carcinomas pleurales y carcinoma de laringe. La silicosis es la neumoconiosis producida por inhalación de partículas de sílice, entendiendo por neumoconiosis la enfermedad ocasionada por el depósito de polvo en los pulmones con una reacción patológica frente a este, en especial de tipo fibroso. La silicosis es una enfermedad fibrótica-pulmonar de carácter irreversible y considerada enfermedad profesional incapacitante en muchos países, una de cuyas variantes más raras es la silico-asbestosis, la cual requiere exposición al sílice y al amianto.

  20. Autopsia por silico-asbestosis: revisión a propósito de un caso forense

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    A. Sibón Olano; E. Sánchez Rodríguez; E. Barrera Pérez; J. Larrondo Espinosa; M. Salguero Villadiego

    2014-01-01

    Se presenta el caso de un varón de 72 años de edad, ex fumador desde hace años, diagnosticado de silicosis y carcinoma epidermoide de pulmón derecho, solicitándose por parte de la familia autopsia judicial por la sospecha de padecimiento de asbestosis y tras su confirmación reclamación como enfermedad profesional. La exposición de este suceso nos permite realizar una revisión de una enfermedad profesional que suele pasar como desconocida en las salas de autopsia, a pesar de su repercusión jud...

  1. Two cases of asbestosis and one case of rounded atelectasis due to non-occupational asbestos exposure.

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    Candura, S M; Binarelli, A; Ragno, G; Scafa, F

    2008-03-01

    Asbestos is a well-known cause of several neoplastic (malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer) and non-neoplastic (asbestosis, pleuropathies) occupational diseases. Lower-level exposure in the general environment may induce pleural plaques and thickenings, and is associated with an increased mesothelioma risk. We present two patients (a 68-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman) who developed asbestosis (in association with pleural plaques and calcifications), and a 78-year-old man who developed rounded atelectasis (with pleural plaques and benign effusion), after living for several decades in the proximity of large Italian asbestos-cement plant. None of them had been exposed to asbestos occupationally. Besides living in a contaminated area, the woman used to clean the work clothes of her brother, who was employed in the local asbestos factory. The three cases indicate that non-neoplastic, long-latency asbestos-related diseases which are usually observed as a consequence of occupational exposures, may rarely develop in subjects living in contaminated geographical sites and buildings. These unusual environmental diseases raise the diagnostic problem of differentiating them from other, more common respiratory illnesses, and impose the duties of patient notification, assessment and follow-up, to assess the possibility of progression of disease and increased neoplastic risk. PMID:18507198

  2. [Cause-specific mortality of asbestos-cement workers compensated for asbestosis in the city of Bari].

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    Belli, S; Bruno, C; Comba, P; Grignoli, M

    1998-01-01

    The cause-specific mortality of 233 asbestos cement workers employed by the Fibronit company in Bari and compensated for asbestosis was investigated. Cohort members were enrolled on 31.12.1979 and followed through 30.4.1997; follow-up was completed for 98.3% of study subjects, and causes of death were ascertained for 96.6% of deceased subjects. Observed mortality was contrasted to that expected according to cause-sex-age- and calendar time-specific rates of the population resident in the Apulia Region. All causes observed mortality exceeded expected value (SMR: 117, 87 observed), due to a significant' increase in pneumoconiosis (SMR: 11238, 14 observed) and malignant neoplasms (SMR: 163, 38 observed)). A significant decrease of circulatory diseases was found (SMR: 64, 18 observed). Among cancer deaths, the following sites showed a significant excess: lung (SMR: 206, 17 observed), pleura (SMR: 2551, 4 observed), mediastinum (SMR: 2367, 2 observed) and peritoneum (SMR: 2877, 2 observed). The excess mortality due to asbestosis, respiratory cancer and peritoned neoplasms can be causally attributed to occupational asbestos exposure. PMID:9621499

  3. [Comparison of descriptive expressions between ILO U/C international classification of radiographs of pneumoconiosis 1971 and Japanese classification of pneumoconiosis law in Japan 1960 in pulmonary asbestosis (author's transl)].

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    Horai, Z

    1977-07-01

    In the explanatory text of the ILO U/C International classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconiosis (1971) sent to Japan in 1973, items of its expression on pulmonary asbestosis were analyzed by the author. On the other hand, items of Japanese Asbestosis Classification of Pneumoconiosis Law were also analyzed. The ILO U/C International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconiosis (1971) have some confused words. As to pulmonary asbestosis, an expression of irregular opacities is used, but the fundamental X-ray opacities such as linear opacities are forgot in the description. The X-ray findings of the pulmonary asbestosis are divided into 3 types as s, t and u. It is, however, difficult in practice to divide X-ray findings of the pulmonary asbestosis into such types. The classification of X-ray findings of the pulmonary asbestosis in the Japanese Pneumoconiosis Law is based on the classification worked out by many investigators i; the past, providing for simplicity and ease of handling.

  4. Differentiation of the ILO boundary chest roentgenograph (0/1 to 1/0) in asbestosis by high-resolution computed tomography scan, alveolitis, and respiratory impairment.

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    Harkin, T J; McGuinness, G; Goldring, R; Cohen, H; Parker, J E; Crane, M; Naidich, D P; Rom, W N

    1996-01-01

    High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scans have been advocated as providing greater sensitivity in detecting parenchymal opacities in asbestos-exposed individuals, especially in the presence of pleural fibrosis, and having excellent inter- and intraobserver reader interpretation. We compared the 1980 International Labor Organization (ILO) International Classification of the Radiographs of the Pneumoconioses for asbestosis with the high-resolution CT scan using a grid scoring system to better differentiate normal versus abnormal in the ILO boundary 0/1 to 1/0 chest roentgenograph. We studied 37 asbestos-exposed individuals using the ILO classification, HRCT grid scores, respiratory symptom questionnaires, pulmonary function tests, and bronchoalveolar lavage. We used Pearson correlation coefficients to evaluate the linear relationship between outcome variables and each roentgenographic method. The normal HRCT scan proved to be an excellent predictor of "normality," with pulmonary function values close to 100% for forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1), total lung capacity (TLC), and carbon monoxide diffusing capacity (DLCO) and no increase in BAL inflammatory cells. Concordant HRCT/ILO abnormalities were associated with reduced FEV1/FVC ratio, reduced diffusing capacity, and alveolitis consistent with a definition of asbestosis. In our study, the ILO classification and HRCT grid scores were both excellent modalities for the assessment of asbestosis and its association with impaired physiology and alveolitis, with their combined use providing statistical associations with alveolitis and reduced diffusing capacity.

  5. Incidencia en España de la asbestosis y otras enfermedades pulmonares benignas debidas al amianto durante el período 1962-2010

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    Montserrat García Gómez

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Fundamentos: En España carecemos de una descripción completa de las enfermedades profesionales causadas por el amianto. El objetivo del presente trabajo esconocer la incidencia durante el período 1962-2010 de las asbestosis y otras enfermedades pulmonares benignas por amianto reconocidas como profesionales y su distribución por sectores, ocupación, sexo y ámbito geográfico. Métodos: El número de casos se obtuvo de las Memorias del INP (años 1962 a 1975, de la Estadística del Ministerio de Trabajo y las Memorias del Servicio de Higiene y Seguridad en el Trabajo (1976 a 1981 y de los Anuarios de Estadísticas Laborales a partir de 1982. Se obtuvieron tasas de incidencia específicas por actividad económica y ocupación. Se estudió la tendencia temporal del número de enfermedades a estudio, así como su distribución geográfica por Comunidad Autónoma y provincia. Resultados: Desde 1963 hasta 2010 se reconocieron 815 asbestosis y 46 afecciones fibrosantes de pleura y pericardio. La incidencia media anual de asbestosis fue 0,20 por 100.000 personas asalariadas (0,31 en el año 1990 y 0,40 en 2010. De 1990 a 2001 el sector del fibrocemento acumuló 189 casos de asbestosis, el naval 173, la construcción 49 y la metalurgia 35. Por ocupación, los operadores de maquinas fijas presentaron 114 casos, los moldeadores, soldadores, chapistas y montadores de estructuras metálicas 88 casos y los pintores, fontaneros e instaladores de tuberías 59. Las Comunidades Autónomas con más casos fueron la Valenciana (106, Galicia (86, Andalucía (82, Cataluña (75, Madrid (58 y País Vasco (41. Conclusiones: Las tasas de incidencia y la tendencia de asbestosis profesionales en España pueden estar evidenciando el infrareconocimiento del origen profesional de estas enfermedades en nuestro país. Los sectores más afectados fueron el del fibrocemento y el naval y la incidencia más alta se dió en la Comunidad Valenciana.

  6. Chemical and physical characteristics of asbestos from north Pakistan and its significance in the promotion of asbestosis

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    Studies of environmental geology are limited in Pakistan. Asbestos has been mined since early 70s around Peshawar valley but its role on environmental degradation was never regarded a concern until 1983. This study has been carried out to identify the carcinogenicity due to asbestos from the Sakhakot Qila Ultramafic Complex around Peshawar valley on the basis of chemical and physical features of the available asbestos minerals. Electron microprobe data (SiO/sub 2/=51.69% Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/=1.33%, FeO=1.33%, CaO=0.06%, XRD data (d=7.3-8.41, 1=400-100) and petrographic observation classify these asbestos minerals as chrysotile, antigorte and tremolite, indicate these to be carrying sufficient inhalation properties. Enhanced occurrences of allergies of lungs, eyes and skin have already been noted in the surrounding of the local mines and relevant industries in the area. Some of the important recommendations suggested for mitigation of asbestosis and other related ailments in the light of the data obtained are: adoption of ventilation and water spraying procedures in all processes of mining, transportation and industrial use of asbestos; personal protection of labor and skilled worker; restriction on use of asbestos in the manufacturing of talcum powder awareness training and health and safety monitoring of the employees and implementation of the international compensation laws. (author)

  7. [Asbestosis and microfiber role].

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    Piolatto, P G; Pira, E; Putzu, M G; Massiccio, M; Romano, C

    2006-01-01

    Based on the predominant content of thin and short asbestos fibres in lung and mesothelioma tissues, it was recently stated (2005) that such fibres "appear to contribute to the causation of human malignant mesothelioma". In another study of the same year it was stated that fibres in the order of few microm length and 0.2 microm diameter are the sole able to induce mesothelioma. This scientific conclusions entail some implications from practical point of view. The enormous amount of information gained on asbestos in the last decades is based on the definition of a fibre as an alongated particle with an aspect-ratio of at least 3:1, a diameter or = 5 microm. These parameters were used up today to define occupational and in some case non-occupational limits. In which way can "reference" values be established if all lengths or only fibres shorter than 5 microm are considered? Nowadays we have no answer. Secondly, assuming a prevalent role of such fibres especially in mesothelioma cases, how can reliable estimates of past exposure obtained in a medico-legal context, since they have never been counted? Morever, how might he the employer responsibility assessed since short fibres were not measured by definition pathogenic, and this not measured, nor were there appropriate filtering systems up to the middle of the '80? PMID:17144416

  8. Asbesto, asbestose e câncer: critérios diagnósticos Asbestos, asbestosis and cancer: diagnostic criteria

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    2001-07-01

    Full Text Available As doenças asbesto-induzidas constituem um grave problema de saúde em decorrência de grande número de trabalhadores expostos ao asbesto ao longo dos últimos 50 anos. Processos judiciais contra indústrias que lidam com asbesto somam centenas, com crescente adição de novos casos. O assunto relativo à asbestose é complexo e, muito embora a história natural das doenças induzidas esteja bem estabelecida, muitas áreas importantes, como a patologia, permanecem ainda pouco compreendidas. No Brasil, desde 1940, o asbesto é explorado comercialmente e nos últimos anos sua produção foi da ordem de 200.000 toneladas por ano, estimando-se que na atividade de mineração cerca de 10.000 trabalhadores foram expostos a essa fibra, desconhecendo-se a estimativa do número de pessoas expostas na produção de fibrocimento, especialmente telhas e caixas d'água. Um estudo, com metodologia de investigação científica apropriada, para avaliar as repercussões sobre a saúde dos trabalhadores nas minas de asbesto em nosso país, foi elaborado e intitulado "Morbidade e mortalidade entre trabalhadores expostos ao asbesto na atividade de mineração 1940-1996", de cunho interinstitucional. O objetivo deste trabalho foi fornecer uma visão ampla das doenças asbesto-induzidas, com ênfase nas dificuldades no diagnóstico histopatológico, através da experiência adquirida com o desenrolar desse projeto.Asbestos-induced diseases are still major health problems, as a remarkably large number of workers have been exposed to asbestos over the past 50 years. Personal injury lawsuits against asbestos manufacturers number hundreds of thousands, and new cases are still being filed. Asbestosis is a complex issue, and although the broad outlines of asbestos-related diseases are well set, many important areas, especially pathology, are poorly understood. In Brazil, since 1940, asbestos has been commercially explored, producing around 200,000 tons/year, exposing

  9. Asbestosis as a precursor of asbestos related lung cancer: results of a prospective mortality study.

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    Hughes, J. M.; Weill, H

    1991-01-01

    A prospective mortality study of 839 men employed in the manufacture of asbestos cement products in 1969 examined lung cancer risk in relation to lung fibrosis seen on chest x ray film, controlling for age, smoking, and exposure to asbestos. Twenty or more years after hire, no excess of lung cancer was found among workers without radiographically detectable lung fibrosis, even among long term workers (greater than or equal to 21.5 years); nor was there a trend in risk by level of cumulative e...

  10. Inherited glutathione-S-transferase deficiency is a risk factor for pulmonary asbestosis.

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    Smith, C M; Kelsey, K T; Wiencke, J K; Leyden, K; Levin, S; Christiani, D C

    1994-09-01

    Pulmonary diseases attributable to asbestos exposure constitute a significant public health burden, yet few studies have investigated potential genetic determinants of susceptibility to asbestos-related diseases. The glutathione-S-transferases are a family of conjugating enzymes that both catalyze the detoxification of a variety of potentially cytotoxic electrophilic agents and act in the generation of sulfadipeptide leukotriene inflammatory mediators. The gene encoding glutathione-S-transferase class mu (GSTM-1) is polymorphic; approximately 50% of Caucasian individuals have a homozygous deletion of this gene and do not produce functional enzyme. Glutathione-S-transferase mu (GST-mu) deficiency has been previously reported to be associated with smoking-induced lung cancer. We conducted a cross-sectional study to examine the prevalence of the homozygous deletion for the GSTM-1 gene in members of the carpentry trade occupationally exposed to asbestos. Members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America attending their 1991 National Union conference were invited to participate. Each participant was offered a chest X-ray and was asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire and have their blood drawn. All radiographs were assessed for the presence of pneumoconiosis in a blinded fashion by a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-certified International Labor Office "B" reader. Individual GSTM-1 status was determined using polymerase chain reaction methods. Six hundred fifty-eight workers were studied. Of these, 80 (12.2%) had X-ray abnormalities associated with asbestos exposure. Individuals genetically deficient in GST-mu were significantly more likely to have radiographic evidence of nonmalignant asbestos-related disease than those who were not deficient (chi 2 = 5.0; P < 0.03).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  11. Asbestos and Probable Microscopic Polyangiitis

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    George S Rashed Philteos

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Several inorganic dust lung diseases (pneumoconioses are associated with autoimmune diseases. Although autoimmune serological abnormalities are common in asbestosis, clinical autoimmune/collagen vascular diseases are not commonly reported. A case of pulmonary asbestosis complicated by perinuclear-antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (myeloperoxidase positive probable microscopic polyangiitis (glomerulonephritis, pericarditis, alveolitis, multineuritis multiplex is described and the possible immunological mechanisms whereby asbestosis fibres might be relevant in induction of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies are reviewed in the present report.

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    George S Rashed Philteos; Kelly Coverett; Rajni Chibbar; Ward, Heather A; Cockcroft, Donald W

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    Several inorganic dust lung diseases (pneumoconioses) are associated with autoimmune diseases. Although autoimmune serological abnormalities are common in asbestosis, clinical autoimmune/collagen vascular diseases are not commonly reported. A case of pulmonary asbestosis complicated by perinuclear-antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (myeloperoxidase) positive probable microscopic polyangiitis (glomerulonephritis, pericarditis, alveolitis, multineuritis multiplex) is described and the possible...

  13. [WHO and ILO Program on elimination of asbestos-related diseases].

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    Izmerov, N F

    2008-01-01

    The article covers analysis of contemporary international documents on asbestosis problem. Suggestions are presented to Russia participation in realization of joint WHO and ILO Program on elimination of asbestos-related diseases.

  14. 75 FR 17164 - Asbestos in General Industry; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval...

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    ... Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements AGENCY..., especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce to the maximum extent feasible unnecessary... workers with protection from hazardous asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure results in asbestosis,...

  15. Pulmonary uptake of gallium-67 in asbestos-exposed humans and sheep

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    To evaluate the 67Ga lung uptake as an indicator of inflammatory activity in asbestosis, we obtained 67Ga lung scans in 58 long-term asbestos workers. The 67Ga localized excessively in the lungs of 17 of the 21 workers with asbestosis. Among workers without sufficient criteria for the diagnosis of asbestosis, the 67Ga scan index was significantly increased in 43% (16 of 37). Among the 16 with positive 67Ga scan, abnormal pressure-volume curve and/or gas exchange data were found in 87%, whereas in the 21 workers with negative 67Ga scan, similar abnormalities were found in only 29%. In the sheep model of the disease, bronchoalveolar analysis after 67Ga scan demonstrated that the excessive uptake of 67Ga in asbestosis is caused by enhanced serum protein leakage and macrophage accumulation in the lung. Thus, 67Ga scanning in asbestos workers may be a useful indicator of early lung damage

  16. Developing Optimal Parameters for Hyperpolarized Noble Gas and Inert Fluorinated Gas MRI of Lung Disorders

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    Lung Transplant; Lung Resection; Lung Cancer; Asthma; Cystic Fibrosis; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Emphysema; Mesothelioma; Asbestosis; Pulmonary Embolism; Interstitial Lung Disease; Pulmonary Fibrosis; Bronchiectasis; Seasonal Allergies; Cold Virus; Lung Infection; Pulmonary Hypertension; Pulmonary Dysplasia; Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  17. Biological effects: asbestos-cement manufacturing.

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    Weill, H

    1994-08-01

    Fourteen cohorts of asbestos-cement workers have been studied. These studies have demonstrated exposure-response relationships for lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. For lung cancer, relatively consistent results have been observed, with risk two-fold or less in 13 of the 14 cohorts. Among New Orleans workers, excess risk was restricted to those with X-ray evidence of asbestosis. Workers employed at least 21 years but without X-ray abnormalities, experienced no elevated risk, while those with small opacities (1/0 or higher) had substantially elevated risk (SMR > 400). Exposures in these two groups had been similar. These results suggest that asbestosis may be a necessary precursor for asbestos-induced lung cancer; if so, then the no-threshold model for lung cancer risk is inappropriate since there is general agreement that very low exposures will not result in radiologically detectable lung fibrosis. Further data on this potential link are needed. As in other industries, mesothelioma risk was strongly related to amphibole exposure, especially to crocidolite in asbestos-cement pipe manufacture. A cluster of cases has recently been reported in a family amosite-cement business. Among New Orleans workers, risk of asbestosis was related to cumulative exposure but there was little evidence of risk below 30 f ml-1-years. Progression of asbestosis in these workers was slow, related to past cumulative exposure and not related to lung function decline. Asbestosis risk is therefore not likely to develop in workers under current controlled exposure conditions. PMID:7978975

  18. Association Between Polymorphisms of DNA Repair Gene XRCC1 and DNA Damage in Asbestos-Exposed Workers

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    XIAO-HONG ZHAO; GUANG JIA; YONG-QUAN LIU; SHAO-WEI LIU; LEI YAN; YU JIN; NIAN LIU

    2006-01-01

    Objective To compare the asbestos-induced DNA damage and repair capacities of DNA damage between 104 asbestos exposed workers and 101 control workers in Qingdao City of China and to investigate the possible association between polymorphisms in codon 399 of XRCC1 and susceptibility to asbestosis. Methods DNA damage levels in peripheral bloodlymphocytes were determined by comet assay, and XRCC 1 genetic polymorphisms of DNA samples from 51 asbestosis cases and 53 non-asbestosis workers with a similar asbestos exposure history were analyzed by PCR/RFLP. Results The basal comet scores (3.95±2.95) were significantly higher in asbestos-exposed workers than in control workers (0.10±0.28). After 1 h H2O2 stimulation, DNA damage of lymphocytes exhibited different increases. After a 4 h repair period, the comet scores were 50.98±19.53 in asbestos-exposed workers and 18.32±12.04 in controls. The residual DNA damage (RD) was significantly greater (P<0.01) in asbestos-exposed workers (35.62%) than in controls (27.75%). XRCC1 genetic polymorphism in 104 asbestos-exposed workers was not associated with increased risk of asbestosis. But compared with polymorphisms in the DNA repair gene XRCC1 (polymorphisms in codon 399) and the DNA damage induced by asbestos, the comet scores in asbestosis cases with Gln/Gln, Gln/Arg, and Arg/Arg were 40.26±18.94, 38.03±28.22, and 32.01±11.65, respectively, which were higher than those in non-asbestosis workers with the same genotypes (25.58±11.08, 37.08±14.74, and 29.38±10.15). There were significant differences in the comet scores between asbestosis cases and non-asbestosis workers with Gln/Gln by Student's t-test (P<0.05 or 0.01). The comet scores were higher in asbestosis workers with Gln/Gln than in those with Arg/Arg and in non-asbestosis workers exposed to asbestos, but without statistically significant difference. Conclusions Exposure to asbestos may be related to DNA damage or the capacity of cells to repair H2O2-induced

  19. Asbestos related diseases among workers of asbestos processing plants in relation to type of production and asbestos use

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Asbestos dust is one of the most dangerous pneumoconiotic and carcinogenic agents. The aim of this study was to assess the occurrence of asbestosis and pleural mesothelioma, depending on asbestos consumption and the type of manufactured products, among former asbestos workers in Poland. Material and Methods: The study subjects included employees of 18 large state-owned asbestos processing enterprises operating in the Polish market in 1945–1998. The study is based on data obtained from asbestos company records and the Central Register of Occupational Diseases data on the cases of asbestosis and mesothelioma for the period from 1970 till 2012 as well as data from Amiantus Programme. The analysis was performed for 5 sectors comprising plants classified according to the products manufactured and applied production technology. Results: In the study period, 2160 cases of asbestosis and 138 cases of mesothelioma were reported. The plants processed a total of about 2 million tonnes of asbestos, including about 7.5% of crocidolite. Total asbestos consumption was a strong predictor of the rate of asbestosis incidence (R2 = 0.68, p = 0.055. The highest risk occurrence of asbestosis was observed in the production of textiles and sealing products. Mesothelioma occurred only in plants where crocidolite had been ever processed. Conclusions: Total asbestos consumption was a strong predictor of the rate of asbestosis incidence. The observation confirms the relationship between exposure to crocidolite and the occurrence of mesothelioma, regardless of the manufactured products, and suggests the absence of such a link for the total volume of asbestos consumption. Med Pr 2015;66(1:1–9

  20. Health hazards from fine asbestos dusts. An analysis of 70,656 occupational preventive medical investigations from 1973 to the end of 1986.

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    Raithel, H J; Weltle, D; Bohlig, H; Valentin, H

    1989-01-01

    For the period from 1973 to the end of 1986, 70,656 data sets on occupational preventive medical examinations in employees exposed occupationally to asbestos dust (G 1.2) were made available to us by the Central Registry for Employees Exposed to Asbestos Dust (ZAS). On the basis of this data, an analysis of asbestosis risk was to be made in relation to specific areas of work, taking into consideration the beginning and duration of exposure. Proceedings for declaratory appraisal in accordance with occupational disease no. 4103 were instituted in 1760 cases in the report period. In accordance with the character of the available data, the X-ray findings in the lungs were available from the persons investigated as parameters of possible asbestosis risk on the basis of coding consistent with the International Pneumoconiosis Classification (ILO U/C 1971 and/or ILO 1980 West Germany). The major result of the statistical analyses on the mainframe macrocomputer of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg was that the relatively highest risk of asbestosis was present in persons whose exposure began before 1955. On the other hand, with increasing duration of exposure, an unequivocal rise of the asbestosis risk could not be detected on the basis of the overall population. In relation to the individual fields of work, the relatively highest risk of asbestosis was shown to be in the asbestos textile and paper industry, as well as in the asbestos cement industry. No detectable risk of asbestosis was present in the fields of mining, traffic and health service and for women in the industrial sectors of building material, gas and water, catering trade, building, commerce as well as banking and insurance. Accordingly, it can be assumed that certain fields of work are or were exposed to such a small extent or not at all that a risk of asbestosis which is relevant in terms of occupational medicine is no longer to be assumed or was not to be assumed. This applies above all to certain work

  1. Pneumoconiosis. May 1978-March 1990 (A Bibliography from the Life Sciences Collection data base). Report for May 1978-March 1990

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    This bibliography contains citations concerning the lung diseases generally termed pneumoconiosis. Anthracosilicosis, asbestosis, silicosis, and byssinosis are most prominently mentioned. Chest radiography studies and pulmonary function studies are considered. Studies on human leukocyte antigen (HLA) phenotypes and their relation to the disease are also discussed. (This updated bibliography contains 180 citations, 92 of which are new entries to the previous edition.)

  2. SUBCHRONIC INHALATION EXPOSURE OF RATS TO LIBBY AMPHIBOLE AND AMOSITE ASBESTOS

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    Exposure to Libby amphibole (LA) is associated with significant increases in asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. To support biological potency assessment and dosimetry model development, a subchronic nose-only inhalation exposure study (6 hr/d, 5 d/wk, 13 wk) was conducted...

  3. Oversight Hearings on Asbestos Health Hazards to Schoolchildren. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education of the Committee on Education and Labor. House of Representatives, Ninety-Sixth Congress, First Session on H.R. 1435 and H.R. 1524 (January 8, 16, and February 22, 1979).

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    Testimony and prepared statements presented during three days of hearings in January and February, 1979, concern the problems of asbestos in school buildings. Medical research indicates that the inhalation of asbestos dust vastly increases a person's chances of contacting fatal diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Asbestos…

  4. Analytical characterization of cell-asbestos fiber interactions in lung pathogenesis

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    Yao, Seydou; Petibois, Cyril [Universite de Bordeaux, Pessac Cedex (France); DellaVentura, Giancarlo [Universita Roma Tre, Dipartimento Scienze Geologiche, Rome (Italy)

    2010-07-15

    Asbestos is a fiber causing lung diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Although the process involving these diseases remains to be elucidated for developing drugs and treatments, direct consequences of fiber exposure in humans have been clearly demonstrated. These diseases are first characterized by histological heterogeneity and combine chronic inflammation with fibrosis and cellular alterations. As a consequence, asbestosis is usually diagnosed at advanced stages of the disease and treatments are usually inefficient to cure the patients. Here, we review the links established between asbestos fiber chemistry and morphology with the occurrence of associated lung diseases. Cytological and histological aspects of diseases are described with respect to current analytical capabilities, notably for microscopy techniques. (orig.)

  5. Occupational pneumoconioses and Labour Inspection's X-ray examination

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    In Norway the Directorate of Labour Inspection's pneumoconioses panel consists of two radiologists. Pneumoconioses are notifiable diseases, and doctors are required by law to notify suspected and confirmed cases to the Directorate of Labour Inspection. Chest films are sent to the Directorate. The pneumoconioses panel reads and classifies the cases according to ILO-standards. During a 9 months' period, 177 chest films were examined, 162 of which were from persons exposed mainly to asbestos. In this group, 96 persons had parietal pleural plaques only, and 21 had pleuropulmonary asbestosis with visceral pleural thickening from which fibrous streaks radiated into the lung. Ten persons had pulmonary asbestosis alone or combined with pleural plaques. This group included one mesothelioma. The notification form used by the doctors demands adequate information on occupational history and exposures

  6. Radiology of industrial lung disease

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    In South Africa as many as 700 000 men are employed in mining at any one time and besides these a large number work in dusty occupations in industry such as foundries or quarries. The total number of people in southern Africa who have been exposed to harmful dusts amounts to many millions. Any practitioner who sees chest radiographs should be aware of the features of our commoner pneumoconioses (silicosis, asbestosis and coalworkers pneumoconiosis), not only to make the diagnosis but also to recognize the features on a particular chest film that are not likely to be due to pneumoconiosis, but require further investigation and treatment. Rare manifestations of silicosis are eggshell calcification, pleural plaques and calcification of nodules. Pleural involvement and pulmonary asbestotic interstitial pulmonary fibrosis are discussed in relation to asbestosis. Coalworkers' pneumoconiosis however is not common in South Africa. The author stresses differential diagnosis

  7. Asbestos related diseases among workers of asbestos processing plants in relation to type of production and asbestos use

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    Neonila Szeszenia-Dąbrowska; Beata Świątkowska; Wojciech Sobala; Zuzanna Szubert; Urszula Wilczyńska

    2015-01-01

    Background: Asbestos dust is one of the most dangerous pneumoconiotic and carcinogenic agents. The aim of this study was to assess the occurrence of asbestosis and pleural mesothelioma, depending on asbestos consumption and the type of manufactured products, among former asbestos workers in Poland. Material and Methods: The study subjects included employees of 18 large state-owned asbestos processing enterprises operating in the Polish market in 1945–1998. The study is based on data obtained ...

  8. The Role of Mitochondrial DNA in Mediating Alveolar Epithelial Cell Apoptosis and Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Seok-Jo Kim; Paul Cheresh; Jablonski, Renea P.; Williams, David B.; Kamp, David W.

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    Convincing evidence has emerged demonstrating that impairment of mitochondrial function is critically important in regulating alveolar epithelial cell (AEC) programmed cell death (apoptosis) that may contribute to aging-related lung diseases, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and asbestosis (pulmonary fibrosis following asbestos exposure). The mammalian mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) encodes for 13 proteins, including several essential for oxidative phosphorylation. We review the evidenc...

  9. Ventilatory decrements in former asbestos cement workers: a four year follow up.

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    Ohlson, C G; Bodin, L; Rydman, T; Hogstedt, C

    1985-01-01

    A four year follow up of the ventilatory function in former asbestos cement workers has been performed to determine whether any further decrease occurred after cessation of exposure. Seventy five of 125 subjects were eligible for re-examination and were compared with local referents. None showed signs of asbestosis but 32% had pleural plaques at the renewed examination. Cumulative asbestos exposure calculated as fibre x years had been estimated individually in the original examination. After ...

  10. Nakládání s odpady obsahující azbest

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    Šípková, Alena

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    Asbestos is provably classified as a carcinogen. The mining and processing of this substance have been associated with a number of health risks. Asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma are caused by the exposure to asbestos. In the Czech Republic mining, manufacture and the use of asbestos and its products are banned. Currently, it is possible to encounter asbestos in the form of waste material from the reconstruction and demolition of old buildings. Any waste material contain...

  11. Asbest und seine gesundheitlichen Effekte

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    Kröger, Stefan

    2010-01-01

    Background: Asbestos is an imperishable mineral fibre which has been used widely as part of composite building materials, for insulation and for fire-resistant fabrics. Prolonged inhalation of the fibres is associated with health issues such as asbesto-sis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. This makes asbestos a major cause of deadly occupational diseases characterized by a latency of decades between exposition and outbreak. Many industrialized countries have banned the use of asbestos; overall w...

  12. エロソール吸入シンチグラフィにおける沈着パターンの検討:第一報 各種肺疾患における沈着パターンの解析ならびに肺機能との対比

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    渡辺, 裕之

    1989-01-01

    The deposition patterns of aerosol inhalation scintigraphies and lung function tests were studied in 102 cases ; 64 cases of obstructive pulmonary diseases (19 pulmonary emphysema, 27 diffuse panbronchiolitis, 18 chronic bronchitis) and 38 restrictive pulmonary diseases (15 idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, 16 pulmonary asbestosis, 7 interstitial pneumonia due to collagen vascular disease). The deposition patterns were classified into 5 patterns (Type A : normal homogenous distribution ; Typ...

  13. Does pneumoconiosis of dental technician cause to calcific pleural lesions? (Case report)

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    Abdurrahman ŞENYİĞİT; Yilmaz, Süreyya; Zülfükar YILMAZ; Gökhan KIRBAŞ; Abdulhalim ŞENYİĞİT

    2009-01-01

    The articles about various pneumoconiosis in dental technicians who work in inconvenient conditions have been increasing in recent years. Exposure to dust and fume that occur during the dental procedure may play role in pneumoconiosis of dental technicians.A 53 years old male patient conveyed that he has worked in dental prosthesis procedures for 22 years (1968-1990).Environmental asbestosis was not established in the history of the case but there were calcified pleural plaques in the chest ...

  14. Trends in pneumoconiosis mortality and morbidity for the United States, 1968-2005, and relationship with indicators of extent of exposure

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    This surveillance report examines trends in selected pneumoconioses in the U.S. for 1968-2005 and their relationship with past indicators of extent of exposure. Numbers of deaths with asbestosis, silicosis, and coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) were tabulated by time and age at death. Worker monitoring CWP prevalence data were tabulated by tenure group. Information on indicators of extent and intensity of exposure were obtained from various sources. Asbestosis deaths from 1968--2005 closely followed the historical trend in asbestos consumption, and appear to be declining in most age groups. Given appropriate exposure control, asbestosis could be eliminated by 2050. Silicosis deaths decreased substantially from 1968-2005, but levelled off after 1998 in all age groups, indicating a continuing occupational risk. In the anthracite coal region, CWP mortality has been declining rapidly. If there is no resurgence in the industry, CWP could disappear in that region by 2030. In the much larger bituminous region, deaths have declined over time but may be increasing among younger individuals. In addition, although CWP prevalence in working coal miners declined substantially from 1970 to 1994, it increased from 1995 to 2006. This indicates the need for increased vigilance in dust control in underground coal mining.

  15. Pneumoconiosis: Comparison of imaging and pathologic findings

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    Chong, S.; Lee, K.S.; Chung, M.J.; Han, J.H.; Kwon, O.J.; Kim, T.S. [Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Republic of Korea). Samsung Medical Center

    2006-01-15

    Pneumoconiosis may be classified as either fibrotic or nonfibrotic, according to the presence or absence of fibrosis. Silicosis, coal worker pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, berylliosis, and talcosis are examples of fibrotic pneumoconiosis. Siderosis, stannosis, and baritosis are nonfibrotic forms of pneumoconiosis that result from inhalation of iron oxide, tin oxide, and barium sulfate particles, respectively. In an individual who has a history of exposure to silica or coal dust, a finding of nodular or reticulonodular lesions at chest radiography or small nodules with a perilymphatic distribution at thin-section computed tomography (CT), with or without eggshell calcifications, is suggestive of silicosis or coal worker pneumoconiosis. Magnetic resonance imaging is helpful for distinguishing between progressive massive fibrosis and lung cancer. CT and histopathologic findings in asbestosis are similar to those in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, but the presence of asbestos bodies in histopathologic specimens is specific for the diagnosis of asbestosis. Giant cell interstitial pneumonia due to exposure to hard metals is classified as a fibrotic form of pneumoconiosis and appears on CT images as mixed ground-glass opacities and reticulation. Berylliosis simulates pulmonary sarcoidosis on CT images. CT findings in talcosis include small centrilobular and subpleural nodules or heterogeneous conglomerate masses that contain foci of high attenuation indicating talc deposition. Siderosis is nonfibrotic and is indicated by a CT finding of poorly defined centrilobular nodules or ground-glass opacities.

  16. Trends in pneumoconiosis mortality and morbidity for the United States, 1968-2005, and relationship with indicators of extent of exposure

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    Attfield, M D; Bang, K M; Petsonk, E L; Schleiff, P L; Mazurek, J M, E-mail: mda1@cdc.go [Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV, 26505 (United States)

    2009-02-01

    This surveillance report examines trends in selected pneumoconioses in the U.S. for 1968-2005 and their relationship with past indicators of extent of exposure. Numbers of deaths with asbestosis, silicosis, and coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) were tabulated by time and age at death. Worker monitoring CWP prevalence data were tabulated by tenure group. Information on indicators of extent and intensity of exposure were obtained from various sources. Asbestosis deaths from 1968--2005 closely followed the historical trend in asbestos consumption, and appear to be declining in most age groups. Given appropriate exposure control, asbestosis could be eliminated by 2050. Silicosis deaths decreased substantially from 1968-2005, but levelled off after 1998 in all age groups, indicating a continuing occupational risk. In the anthracite coal region, CWP mortality has been declining rapidly. If there is no resurgence in the industry, CWP could disappear in that region by 2030. In the much larger bituminous region, deaths have declined over time but may be increasing among younger individuals. In addition, although CWP prevalence in working coal miners declined substantially from 1970 to 1994, it increased from 1995 to 2006. This indicates the need for increased vigilance in dust control in underground coal mining.

  17. Trends in pneumoconiosis mortality and morbidity for the United States, 1968-2005, and relationship with indicators of extent of exposure

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    Attfield, M. D.; Bang, K. M.; Petsonk, E. L.; Schleiff, P. L.; Mazurek, J. M.

    2009-02-01

    This surveillance report examines trends in selected pneumoconioses in the U.S. for 1968--2005 and their relationship with past indicators of extent of exposure. Numbers of deaths with asbestosis, silicosis, and coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP) were tabulated by time and age at death. Worker monitoring CWP prevalence data were tabulated by tenure group. Information on indicators of extent and intensity of exposure were obtained from various sources. Asbestosis deaths from 1968--2005 closely followed the historical trend in asbestos consumption, and appear to be declining in most age groups. Given appropriate exposure control, asbestosis could be eliminated by 2050. Silicosis deaths decreased substantially from 1968--2005, but levelled off after 1998 in all age groups, indicating a continuing occupational risk. In the anthracite coal region, CWP mortality has been declining rapidly. If there is no resurgence in the industry, CWP could disappear in that region by 2030. In the much larger bituminous region, deaths have declined over time but may be increasing among younger individuals. In addition, although CWP prevalence in working coal miners declined substantially from 1970 to 1994, it increased from 1995 to 2006. This indicates the need for increased vigilance in dust control in underground coal mining.

  18. Pneumoconiosis: comparison of imaging and pathologic findings

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    Semin Chong; Kyung Soo Lee; Myung Jin Chung; Joungho Han; O. Jung Kwon; d Tae Sung Kim [Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Republic of Korea). Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science

    2006-01-15

    Pneumoconiosis may be classified as either fibrotic or nonfibrotic, according to the presence or absence of fibrosis. Silicosis, coal worker pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, berylliosis, and talcosis are examples of fibrotic pneumoconiosis. Siderosis, stannosis, and baritosis are nonfibrotic forms of pneumoconiosis that result from inhalation of iron oxide, tin oxide, and barium sulfate particles, respectively. In an individual who has a history of exposure to silica or coal dust, a finding of nodular or reticulonodular lesions at chest radiography or small nodules with a perilymphatic distribution at thin-section computed tomography (CT), with or without eggshell calcifications, is suggestive of silicosis or coal worker pneumoconiosis. Magnetic resonance imaging is helpful for distinguishing between progressive massive fibrosis and lung cancer. CT and histopathologic findings in asbestosis are similar to those in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, but the presence of asbestos bodies in histopathologic specimens is specific for the diagnosis of asbestosis. Giant cell interstitial pneumonia due to exposure to hard metals is classified as a fibrotic form of pneumoconiosis and appears on CT images as mixed ground-glass opacities and reticulation. Berylliosis simulates pulmonary sarcoidosis on CT images. CT findings in talcosis include small centrilobular and subpleural nodules or heterogeneous conglomerate masses that contain foci of high attenuation indicating talc deposition. Siderosis is nonfibrotic and is indicated by a CT finding of poorly defined centrilobular nodules or ground-glass opacities.

  19. Pitfalls in diagnostic imaging and assessment of benign asbestos-related thoracic diseases; Fallstricke in der radiologischen Diagnostik und Begutachtung der benignen asbestbedingten Erkrankungen des Thorax

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    Rehbock, B. [Praxis fuer Diagnostische Radiologie am St.-Hedwig-Krankenhaus Berlin-Mitte, Berlin (Germany). Diagnostische Radiologie; Hofmann-Preiss, K. [Radiologische Gemeinschaftspraxis Erlangen (Germany). Radiologische Diagnostik; Kraus, T. [Universitaetsklinikum der RWTH Aachen (Germany). Inst. fuer Arbeits- und Sozialmedizin

    2012-05-15

    The recognition of asbestos-related diseases of the lung and/or pleura as an occupational disease is of psychosocial, medical and legal importance to the insured person. Radiological imaging is an essential part of the assessment and requires an increasingly high level of competence in the field of radiological diagnosis of pneumoconiosis in interdisciplinary collaboration with occupational medicine and pneumonology. The chest radiogram remains an integral part of basic diagnostic procedures in asbestos-related diseases of the lungs and/or pleura. Its importance lies in the detection of extended pleural changes as well as substantial fibrosis. The inherent low sensitivity and specificity of projection radiography is taken into account by the increasing use of multi-slice high resolution (HR) CT (in low dose technique). Radiological pitfalls in pleural plaque assessment with respect to plain chest X-ray concern all structures that superimpose on the pleural circumference, particularly the anatomical layers of the chest wall (extra-pleural fatty tissue, muscles, thoracic skeleton) as well as other pulmonary findings that can only be reliably assigned using CT. Even if state-of the-art CT is applied, asymmetries and abnormal expression of anatomical structures and variants (e.g. muscles and blood vessels) can lead to false-positive findings. The interstitial fibrosis of asbestosis, manifested as usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) is non-pathognomonic for asbestosis. Therefore, parietal pleural thickening as a coincident finding to UIP is considered as being the main feature and a highly suggestive indicator of asbestosis in patients with a history of asbestos exposure. (orig.)

  20. Patterns of pulmonary dysfunction in asbestos workers: a cross-sectional study

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    Kales Stefanos N

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Restrictive patterns of pulmonary function abnormalities associated with asbestos exposure are well described. Studies are less consistent, however, regarding the association of asbestos inhalation with airway dysfunction and obstructive impairment. Methods We compared pulmonary function test results between 277 chrysotile exposed workers (22% non-smokers and 177 unexposed controls (50.3% non-smokers. Information on exposure and smoking were collected using a standardized questionnaire. Standardized spirometric and DCLO Measurement methods were utilized. CXRs were read based on ILO pneumoconiosis guidelines. Results Asbestos exposed subjects had significantly reduced FVC, FEV1, FEV1/FVC and DLCO. Restricting the analysis to non-smokers, asbestos workers still had about 3% lower FEV1/FVC ratio than controls, but this difference did not reach statistical significance. Among exposed workers, the presence of radiographic evidence of asbestosis further lowered FVC and DLCO but not FEV1/FVC compared to asbestos exposure without radiographic asbestosis. Additionally, smoking asbestos workers had significantly lower DLCO compared to non-smoking workers. Conclusion Asbestos exposure, especially when radiographic evidence of interstitial fibrosis from asbestosis is present, leads to significant decreases in FVC, FEV1 and the DLCO. However, asbestos exposure alone is not significantly associated with a reduction of the FEV1/FVC. Smoking-asbestos workers had significantly lower DLCO than their non-smoking counterparts. Whether asbestos interacts with smoking additively or synergistically on DLCO needs further investigation. Similarly, further studies are needed to assess the progression and clinical significance of asbestos induced airway dysfunction.

  1. Review of carcinogenicity of asbestos and proposal of approval standards of an occupational cancer caused by asbestos in Korea.

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    Im, Sanghyuk; Youn, Kan-Woo; Shin, Donghee; Lee, Myeoung-Jun; Choi, Sang-Jun

    2015-01-01

    Carcinogenicity of asbestos has been well established for decades and it has similar approval standards in most advanced countries based on a number of studies and international meetings. However, Korea has been lagging behind such international standards. In this study, we proposed the approval standards of an occupational cancer due to asbestos through intensive review on the Helsinki Criteria, post-Helsinki studies, job exposure matrix (JEM) based on the analysis of domestic reports and recognized occupational lung cancer cases in Korea. The main contents of proposed approval standards are as follows; ① In recognizing an asbestos-induced lung cancer, diagnosis of asbestosis should be based on CT. In addition, initial findings of asbestosis on CT should be considered. ② High Exposure industries and occupations to asbestos should be also taken into account in Korea ③ An expert's determination is warranted in case of a worker who has been concurrently exposed to other carcinogens, even if the asbestos exposure duration is less than 10 years. ④ Determination of a larynx cancer due to asbestos exposure has the same approval standards with an asbestos-induced lung cancer. However, for an ovarian cancer, an expert's judgment is necessary even if asbestosis, pleural plaque or pleural thickening and high concentration asbestos exposure are confirmed. ⑤ Cigarette smoking status or the extent should not affect determination of an occupational cancer caused by asbestos as smoking and asbestos have a synergistic effect in causing a lung cancer and they are involved in carcinogenesis in a complicated manner. PMID:26719804

  2. Hazards of lung biopsy in asbestos workers.

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    Lerman, Y.; Ribak, J; Selikoff, I J

    1986-01-01

    An investigation into the problem of the frequency and hazards of lung biopsy in asbestos workers was performed in two ways. The first study was into the frequency of lung biopsy among 2907 long term asbestos insulation workers in 1981-3 and the second was into the frequency of fatal complications of lung biopsy in 168 deaths from asbestosis among 2271 consecutive deaths of asbestos insulation workers 1967-76. Only 25 (0.9%) of the 2907 asbestos insulation workers reported having had either a...

  3. Toxicología del asbesto Toxicology of asbest

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    G. Luis; Hernández, C; C. Rubio; I. Frías; Gutiérrez, A.; A. Hardisson

    2009-01-01

    El asbesto o amianto está constituido por un grupo de minerales metamórficos fibrosos ampliamente extendidos en el mundo. Las principales variedades de asbesto son las serpentinas y los anfíboles. El asbesto llega al organismo al inhalar sus fibras y partículas. La exposición a este material puede ocasionar diferentes enfermedades irreversibles como asbestosis, mesotelioma maligno, placas pleurales y cáncer de pulmón. Todas ellas presentan un período de latencia largo. En 1978 el asbesto fue ...

  4. Asbestos-related diseases in Thailand and review literature.

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    Subhannachart, Ponglada; Dumavibhat, Narongpon; Siriruttanapruk, Somkiat

    2012-08-01

    Asbestos is a harmful substance that can cause both malignancy and non-malignancy in humans. Although it has been used in Thailand for several years, few cases of asbestos-related diseases were reported. Concerning about high consumption and long exposure of asbestos in the country, the incurable but preventable diseases caused by asbestos will be the health problem in the near future. The authors presented 2 cases with asbestos-related diseases, one diagnosed as malignant mesothelioma and the other as asbestosis.

  5. Effects of inhaled asbestos, asbestos plus cigarette smoke, asbestos-cement and talc baby powder in hamsters

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    Wehner, A.P.

    1980-01-01

    Chronic exposure of hamsters to chrysotile asbestos resulted in severe asbestosis in all animals and in increased mortality; concomitant exposure to cigarette smoke did not affect type or severity of asbestotic lesions. Chronic exposure to asbestos-cement dust increased the number of macrophages and ferruginous bodies. Exposure to talc baby powder caused no significant changes. Deposition of talc particles in the lungs was demonstrated by X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction and by a study with neutron-activated talc. No malignant tumours were observed in any of these studies.

  6. Proposed national strategies for the prevention of leading work-related diseases and injuries. Part 1

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    Preliminary strategies developed at the National Symposium on the Prevention of Leading Work Related Diseases and Injuries, held in Atlanta, Georgia on May 1 to 3, 1985 were revised, elaborated, and further developed. Strategies were developed for the prevention of occupational lung diseases, musculoskeletal injuries, occupational cancers, severe occupational traumatic injuries, and occupational cardiovascular diseases. Lung diseases considered included silicosis, asbestosis, lung cancer mesothelioma, coal workers' pneumoconiosis, byssinosis, occupational asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, asphyxiation, irritation, pulmonary edema, brucellosis, psitticosis, anthrax, mycobacterioses, histoplasmosis, aspergillosis, and coccidioidomycosis. Occupational cancers were discussed as they occur in the lung, pleura, peritoneum, bladder, kidneys, blood, nasal cavity, skin, nasal sinuses, and liver.

  7. Asbestos content of lung tissue in patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma: A study of 42 cases.

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    de Ridder, Gustaaf G; Kraynie, Alyssa; Pavlisko, Elizabeth N; Oury, Tim D; Roggli, Victor L

    2016-01-01

    Lung tissue from 42 peritoneal mesothelioma cases was analyzed by light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectrometry. There were 34 men and 8 women with a mean age of 61 ± 10 years. Also, 17% of cases had histologically confirmed asbestosis, and 26% had only parietal pleural plaques. The asbestos body count exceeded our normal range in 22 of 42 cases (52%). Cases with asbestos-related pulmonary disease had higher fiber burdens than those without. The vast majority of fibers were commercial amphiboles (amosite with lesser amounts of crocidolite). These findings concur with previously published epidemiological observations. PMID:27281118

  8. Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma following asbestos exposure.

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    Manavoğlu, O; Orhan, B; Evrensel, T; Ozçelik, T; Yolcu, I; Kunt, E

    1996-01-01

    Clinical, epidemiological, and pathological studies have demonstrated that asbestosis plays a major role in the etiology of mesothelioma. The direct exposure of workers in industrialized countries to asbestos fibers and nonoccupational household contact elevate the risk of malignant mesothelioma. An increased risk has been found in certain geographic areas of Turkey due to the presence of asbestos deposits and the use of the material known as "white soil" as an insulation. We present a malignant mesothelioma case from rural eastern Turkey with a history of asbestos exposure from using "white soil". We review the epidemiological aspects of asbestos as they relate to mesothelioma. PMID:9216805

  9. Mitochondrial Cu,Zn-Superoxide Dismutase Mediates Pulmonary Fibrosis by Augmenting H2O2 Generation*

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    He, Chao; Murthy, Shubha; McCormick, Michael L.; Spitz, Douglas R.; Ryan, Alan J.; Carter, A. Brent

    2011-01-01

    The release of H2O2 from alveolar macrophages has been linked to the development of pulmonary fibrosis, but little is known about its source or mechanism of production. We found that alveolar macrophages from asbestosis patients spontaneously produce high levels of H2O2 and have high expression of Cu,Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD). Because Cu,Zn-SOD is found in the mitochondrial intermembrane space (IMS), we hypothesized that mitochondrial Cu,Zn-SOD-mediated H2O2 generation contributed to pulm...

  10. A retired shipyard worker with rapidly progressive pulmonary interstitial fibrosis.

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    Moy, E V; Hu, H; Christiani, D C

    1999-01-01

    We present a case of progressive interstitial fibrosis in a retired shipyard worker who was exposed to asbestos during the postwar era of the late 1940s and 1950s, when asbestos exposures in the workplace were not regulated. Forty years later, at 63 years of age, the patient presented with restrictive lung disease. The patient was diagnosed with asbestos-related pleural disease and parenchymal asbestosis. He remained stable for the next 7 years, but then he began to manifest rapid clinical pr...

  11. High-resolution CT in the evaluation of occupational and environmental disease

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    Akira, M. [National Kinki Central Hospital for Chest Diseases, Osaka (Japan). Dept. of Radiology

    2002-01-01

    CT has an increasing role in the radiologic evaluation of occupational/environmental lung disease. The high-resolution CT (HRCT) findings of silicosis, mixed dust pneumoconiosis, coal worker's pneumoconiosis, graphite pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, talcosis, welder's lung, berylliosis, aluminum lung, and hard metal pneumoconiosis are described. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis and lung damage caused by exposure to toxic fumes also are described. HRCT pathologic correlation with each type of pneumoconiosis is focused on. HRCT is useful in achieving an accurate categorization of the parenchymal changes in each type of pneumoconiosis.

  12. Pulmonary asbestos body counts and electron probe analysis of asbestos body cores in patients with mesothelioma: a study of 25 cases

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    Malignant mesotheliomas of the pleura and peritoneum are well-recognized risks of asbestos exposure. We determined the asbestos body content of the lungs from 24 cases of malignant mesothelioma (19 pleural, five peritoneal) and compared such to the content of lungs from 50 consecutive adult autopsies and four cases of overt asbestosis using a Clorox-digestion concentration technique. The cores of 90 asbestos bodies were examined by energy dispersive x-ray analysis and compared with similar data from 120 standard asbestos fibers and 20 fiberglass fibers. The malignant mesothelioma patients had asbestos body counts intermediate between those of the general population and those of patients with asbestosis, although some of the mesothelioma cases overlapped with the general population. These latter cases often lacked an identifiable occupational exposure to asbestos. EDXA studies demonstrated an amphibole core in 88 of the 90 asbestos bodies (amosite or crocidolite in 80 of 88, anthophyllite or tremolite in eight of 88), and chrysotile in two instances

  13. Toxicología del asbesto Toxicology of asbest

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    G. Luis

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available El asbesto o amianto está constituido por un grupo de minerales metamórficos fibrosos ampliamente extendidos en el mundo. Las principales variedades de asbesto son las serpentinas y los anfíboles. El asbesto llega al organismo al inhalar sus fibras y partículas. La exposición a este material puede ocasionar diferentes enfermedades irreversibles como asbestosis, mesotelioma maligno, placas pleurales y cáncer de pulmón. Todas ellas presentan un período de latencia largo. En 1978 el asbesto fue declarada sustancia cancerígena siendo totalmente prohibido su uso en España en el año 2002.Asbest is a group of fibrous metamorphic minerals widespread in the world. The principal varieties of asbestos are serpentines and amphiboles. Asbest reaches human when the fiber an particles are inhaled. The exposure can cause irreversible diseases, like asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, pleural plaques and lung cancer. All of them have a long latency period. In 1978, asbest was considered a carcinogenic substance and was totally forbidden in Spain during 2002.

  14. Measurement of asbestos bodies in lung tissue of autopsy cases diagnosed with primary lung cancer

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    To investigate the relation between asbestos-related lung cancer and the concentration of asbestos bodies in lung tissue, we analyzed the concentration in 24 autopsy cases diagnosed with primary lung cancer, with regard to the gender, age, histological type of lung cancer and occupation of each case. The asbestos bodies were measured according to Kohyama's method. Positive cases (more than 5,000 bodies per 1 g of dry lung tissue) were further analyzed for asbestosis and pleural plaques by chest X-ray and chest CT. Two cases exhibited more than 5,000 bodies, five cases between 1,000 and 5,000, and seventeen cases less than 1,000. The occupation of the two positive cases was not informative: one demonstrated neither asbestosis nor pleural plaques, and the other showed only pleural plaques. Although the number of cases of asbestos-related lung cancer is minimal among all lung cancer cases, the number of the former may exceed that of mesothelioma patients. Not only physicians but also radiologists, surgeons and pathologists need to collaborate in the diagnosis of asbestos-related lung cancer. (author)

  15. Mortality study in an asbestos cement factory in Naples, Italy.

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    Menegozzo, Simona; Comba, Pietro; Ferrante, Daniela; De Santis, Marco; Gorini, Giuseppe; Izzo, Francesco; Magnani, Corrado; Pirastu, Roberta; Simonetti, Andrea; Tùnesi, Sara; Menegozzo, Massimo

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to investigate mortality among 1247 male asbestos-cement workers employed in an asbestos-cement plant located in Naples. The cohort included 1247 men hired between 1950 and 1986. The follow-up began on January 1st 1965. The vital status and causes of death were ascertained up to December 31 2005. Cause-specific mortality rates of the Campania Region population were used as reference. Relative risks were estimated using Standardized Mortality Ratios (SMRs), and the confidence intervals were calculated at a 95% level (95% CI). A significant increase in mortality was observed for respiratory disease (81 deaths; SMR = 187; 95% CI = 149- 233), particularly for pneumoconiosis (42 deaths; SMR = 13 313; 95% CI = 9595-17 996) of which 41 deaths for asbestosis (SMR = 43 385; 95% CI = 31 134-58 857), for pleural cancer (24 deaths; SMR = 2617; 95% CI = 1677-3893), for lung cancer (84 deaths; SMR=153; 95% CI = 122-189) and for peritoneal cancer (9 deaths; SMR = 1985; 95% CI = 908-3769). Non-significant increases were also observed for rectum cancer (6 deaths; SMR = 157; 95% CI = 58-342). In conclusion, consistently with other mortality studies on asbestos-cement workers performed in different countries, an increased mortality from asbestosis, lung cancer, pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma was detected in the present cohort. PMID:21952156

  16. Ventilatory decrements in former asbestos cement workers: a four year follow up

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    Ohlson, C.G.; Bodin, L.; Rydman, T.; Hogstedt, C.

    1985-09-01

    A four year follow up of the ventilatory function in former asbestos cement workers has been performed to determine whether any further decrease occurred after cessation of exposure. Seventy five of 125 subjects were eligible for re-examination and were compared with local referents. None showed signs of asbestosis but 32% had pleural plaques at the renewed examination. Cumulative asbestos exposure calculated as fibre x years had been estimated individually in the original examination. After adjustment for age, height, tracheal area, and smoking category the FVC and FEV1 for all exposed subjects were on average 7% v 6% less than predicted from the referents and twice as much for the subjects with the highest exposure. The four year declines in FVC and FEV1 were larger than in the referents, significantly so for FEV1. There were no significant correlations between pleural plaque and ventilatory function after adjustment for exposure. Thus, the age adjusted reduction in ventilatory function had progressed during the follow up period despite the cessation of exposure and the lack of radiological signs of asbestosis.

  17. Clinical and radiological observations on asbestos-related pathology

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    Bohlig, H.; Hain, E.

    1980-01-01

    The papers in this session, which are summarized briefly, do not cover the wide range of radiological and clinical problems resulting from inhalation of asbestos dust. Pleural effusions are found in persons exposed occupationally to asbestos, even in the absence of asbestosis, but they are difficult to attribute to such exposure. Asbestosis of the lung shows no striking symptoms and can also be diagnosed only after all other possibilities have been excluded. There are no convincing or striking morphological peculiarities that suggest that an 'asbestos lung cancer' exists. Mesotheliomas of the pleura and of the peritoneum are usually resistant to therapy of any kind, although several possibilities are discussed. Radiological surveillance is presented as being still the most effective and reliable method for medical surveillance of asbestos workers. Circumscribed pleural thickening is benign but a good indicator of exposure to mineral dusts. Diffuse pleural thickening occurs frequently in nonexposed groups and cannot, therefore, be used as an indication of exposure; however, it cannot yet be ruled out as being significant epidemiologically.

  18. Mortality study in an asbestos cement factory in Naples, Italy

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    Simona Menegozzo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is to investigate mortality among 1247 male asbestos-cement workers employed in an asbestos-cement plant located in Naples. The cohort included 1247 men hired between 1950 and 1986. The follow-up began on January 1st 1965. The vital status and causes of death were ascertained up to December 31 2005. Cause-specific mortality rates of the Campania Region population were used as reference. Relative risks were estimated using Standardized Mortality Ratios (SMRs, and the confidence intervals were calculated at a 95% level (95% CI. A significant increase in mortality was observed for respiratory disease (81 deaths; SMR = 187; 95% CI = 149-233, particularly for pneumoconiosis (42 deaths; SMR = 13 313; 95% CI = 9595-17 996 of which 41 deaths for asbestosis (SMR = 43 385; 95% CI = 31 134-58 857, for pleural cancer (24 deaths; SMR = 2617; 95% CI = 1677-3893, for lung cancer (84 deaths; SMR=153; 95% CI = 122-189 and for peritoneal cancer (9 deaths; SMR = 1985; 95% CI = 908-3769. Non-significant increases were also observed for rectum cancer (6 deaths; SMR = 157; 95% CI = 58-342. In conclusion, consistently with other mortality studies on asbestos-cement workers performed in different countries, an increased mortality from asbestosis, lung cancer, pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma was detected in the present cohort.

  19. Study on the deposition patterns of aerosol inhalation scintigraphy, 1

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    The deposition patterns of aerosol inhalation scintigraphies and lung function tests were studied in 102 cases; 64 cases of obstructive pulmonary diseases (19 pulmonary emphysema, 27 diffuse panbronchiolitis, 18 chronic bronchitis) and 38 restrictive pulmonary disease (15 idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, 16 pulmonary asbestosis, 7 interstitial pneumonia due to collagen vascular disease). The deposition patterns were classified into 5 patterns (Type A:normal homogenous distribution; Type B: mildly unhomogenous distribution; Type C: severely unhomogenous distribution mingled with hot spots; Type D: non-hilar hot spots; and Type E: hilar hot spots). The deposition patterns of restrictive pulmonary diseases were markedly abnormal as well as obstructive pulmonary diseases. The deposition patterns showed mainly Types C, D and E in obstructive pulmonary diseases, Type B in restrictive pulmonary diseases. The deposition patterns showed mainly Type E in pulmonary emphysema, Types C and D in diffuse panbronchiolitis, Types A, B and C in chronic bronchitis, Type B in idiopathic interstitial pneumonia interstitial pneumonia due to collagen vascular disease, Types B and C in pulmonary asbestosis. The deposition patterns correlated well with %FEV1.0 which was a good indicator of the severity of obstructive pulmonary diseases and restrictive pulmonary diseases. Furthermore, the mean %FEV1.0 in obstructive pulmonary diseases was nearly equal to the mean %FEV1.0 in restrictive pulmonary diseases in each type of the deposition patterns. (J.P.N.)

  20. Computed tomographic assessment of welder's pneumoconiosis with or without asbestos exposure

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    Chest CT findings in arc welder's pneumoconiosis were analyzed with or without exposure of asbestos. 417 welders with category 2 and 3 for radiographic classification of the Japanese pneumoconiosis law were divided into two groups: 313 with asbestos exposure and 104 without, according to hear of working circumstances. Chest CT finding such as low attenuation area, subpleural curvilinear shadow, subpleural dot, subpleural reticular opacity, honey combing and pleural plaque were studied and compared with two groups. Pleural plaque were existed in 126 out of 313 (40.3%) with asbestos exposure and in 11 out of 104 (10.6%) without. This fact shows that it is difficult to distinguish asbestos exposure from non exposure by hearing of working condition. Comparison of CT findings with and without pleural plaque, subpleural dot were more frequently observed in the cases with pleural plaque than without. But no significant difference were found in any other CT findings. Although subpleural curvilinear shadow, subpleural dot, subpleural reticular opacity, honey combing were reported as the early findings of pulmonary asbestosis, we regarded that those findings were existed not only in pulmonary asbestosis but also in arc welder's pneumoconiosis without asbestos exposure. (author)

  1. Asbestos fibres in indoor and outdoor air and the epidemiology of asbestos-related diseases in Quebec : summary and recommendation of the reports

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    DeGuire, L.; Lajoie, P.; Lemieux, C.; Poulin, M.

    2004-07-01

    An asbestos advisory committee was created in 1997 by Quebec's Ministry of Health to address concerns regarding exposure to asbestos fibres. Two sub-committees were subsequently formed. One sub-committee evaluated the pertinence and feasibility of assessing exposure in the general population, particularly in public buildings such as schools, while the other reviewed epidemiological studies in Quebec on mesothelioma, pulmonary cancers and asbestosis. Each sub-committee produced a report. This document summarizes the two reports and outlines the current scientific knowledge on the effects of asbestos on human health. The preventive programs and subsequent evaluations undertaken in Quebec with respect to sprayed asbestos in schools was described along with studies of asbestos exposure among workers in the mining sector. A study was also conducted within the asbestos processing industry to identify how many workers exceeded standard exposure limits. The standard time-weighted average exposure value currently in force in Quebec is 1 fibre per ml for chrysotile and 0.2 fibres per ml for amosite and crocidolite. A recommendation was made to revise this standard. In terms of outdoor air, the concentrations measured in recent years in mining towns have been generally very low. Along with asbestos-asphalt, asbestos waste taken to landfill sites may represent a significant source of exposure. A screening for asbestosis in the building and public works sector has shown that 1,500 workers (insulators, plumber-pipe fitters, elevator mechanics, fire protection mechanics and boiler-makers) experienced significant exposure to high concentrations of asbestos fibres in the ambient air. The 3 main health effects of asbestos exposure include mesothelioma of the pleura and peritoneum, pulmonary cancer and asbestosis. Each of these diseases appears after a latency period of 20 to 40 years, depending on the pathology. Epidemiological studies show a statistically significant increase

  2. Asbestos-related pleuropulmonary diseases: iconographic essay; Alteracoes pleurais e parenquimatosas relacionadas a exposicao ao asbesto: ensaio iconografico

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    Gustavo de Souza Portes Meirelles [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP-EPM), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Rodrigues, Reynaldo Tavares; Nery, Luiz Eduardo [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP-EPM), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Dept. de Diagnostico por Imagem; Bagatin, Ericson [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Medicina Preventiva e Social; Terra-Filho, Mario [Instituto do Coracao (InCor). Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: gmeirelles@gmail.com

    2007-07-01

    The aim of this study is to illustrate the main imaging findings of asbestos-related diseases. Pleural and pulmonary asbestos-related diseases range from benign conditions, like pleural effusion and pleural plaques, to some neoplasias, such as lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. Pleural effusion is the earliest finding after asbestos exposure, but the imaging findings are not specific. Diffuse pleural thickening involves the visceral pleura and pleural plaques are considered to be hallmarks of exposure. Asbestosis is the pulmonary fibrosis due to asbestos. Rounded atelectasis is a peripheral lung collapse in these individuals, generally related to pleural disease. Some neoplasias, like lung carcinoma and pleural mesothelioma, are more prevalent in asbestos-exposed subjects. (author)

  3. Malignant mesothelioma following radiation exposure

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    Mesothelioma developed in proximity to the field of therapeutic radiation administered 10-31 years previously in four patients. In three, mesothelioma arose within the site of prior therapeutic radiation for another cancer. Mesothelioma in the fourth patient developed adjacent to the site of cosmetic radiation to a thyroidectomy scar. None of these four patients recalled an asbestos exposure or had evidence of asbestosis on chest roentgenogram. Lung tissue in one patient was negative for ferruginous bodies, a finding considered to indicate no significant asbestos exposure. Five other patients with radiation-associated mesothelioma have been reported previously, suggesting that radiation is an uncommon cause of human mesothelioma. Problems in the diagnosis of radiation-associated mesotheliomas are considered

  4. Diffuse lung disease: Pneumoconioses

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    This paper begins with a discussion of the 1980 International Labour Organization classification of the pneumoconioses. Emphasis is on the common pneumoconioses, that is, silicosis, coalworker's pneumoconiosis, and asbestos-related pleural and parenchymal disease. Examples of the five radiographic forms of silicosis-simple and complicated silicosis, Caplan syndrome, silicotuberculosis, and acute silicosis- are presented, and the differential diagnoses are discussed. Discussion of asbestos-related disease included pleural manifestations such as plaques, diffuse pleural thickening, and asbestos pleural effusion as well as asbestosis and malignancies associated with asbestos exposure, such as bronchogenic carcinoma and malignant mesothelioma. Although the standard radiographic findings are stressed, the use of CT in the diagnosis of pneumoconiosis and the staging of dust-related malignancies is also discussed

  5. Chest X ray examination of workers exposed to pneumoconiosis risk

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    Chest X-ray examination of workers exposed to pneumoconiosis risk: critical analysis of legal and radiation protection aspects. Chest X-ray examination is one of the most common radiological examinations practised in Italy. According to Presidential Decree 1124/65, workers exposed to risk of asbestosis and silicosis must undergo a chest radiography once a year, on occasion of the periodic medical examination. Basic requirements aimed at the radiation protection of the patient must therefore be complied with, and optimization of the chest radiography execution procedures is required. This paper illustrates the results obtained with the implementation of the NEXT programme in Italy for this kind of X-ray examination. The main objective of the NEXT programme is the optimization of radiological techniques. On the basis of the most recent publications in the field of radiation protection, a critical analysis is made of the laws in force in Italy

  6. Health management system for occupational asbestos exposure

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    From October 2006 to May 2007, we performed physical check up and chest X-ray for 979 asbestos exposed cases who enrolled National Health Management System for Occupational Asbestos Exposure based on Health and Labor Ministry. All cases had asbestos-related pulmonary or pleural findings on chest X-ray or chest computed tomography (CT). We analyzed their status of asbestos exposure and results of chest X-ray or chest CT. More than half of them were shipyard workers and sailors. There were 66 cases with pneumoconiosis, and 61 cases out of 66 were diagnosed as an asbestosis. Further examinations were required for 57 cases (5.8%). Chest CT showed a case of suspicious lung cancer and thracoscopical biopsy revealed each one of benign asbestos pleurisy and malignant pleural mesothelioma. (author)

  7. [Cancer morbidity risks among workers of asbestos-cement productions].

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    Nagornaia, A M; Varivonchik, D V; Kundiev, Iu I; Fedorenko, Z P; Gorokh, E L; Gulak, L O; Vitte, P N; Karakashian, A N; Lepeshkina, T R; Martynovskaia, T Iu

    2008-01-01

    The retrospective assessment of morbidity rates and cancer pathology risks in workers of asbestosis-cement enterprises of Ukraine has been made. It was established that annual cancer morbidity among workers makes 88,1 per 100 000 of workers (RR = 0.26, CI 95 % 0.06-1.01). The most often cancer pathology was located in digestive organs (48.1%), respiratory organs (18.5%) (lung cancer--11.1%). The mesothelioma of pleura, peritoneum and pericardium were not found. The risks (odds ratio--OR) of cancer morbidity were increased for such organs as: respiratory organs (OR = 2.37), skin (OR = 1.78), digestive organs (OR = 1.34). PMID:18467971

  8. [Industrial injury insurance system in the UK].

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    Muramatsu, Keiji; Kubo, Tatsuhiko; Fujino, Yoshihisa; Matsuda, Shinya

    2013-12-01

    The Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) is a benefit for people who are disabled either as a result of an accident at work or because of a prescribed disease. IIDB does not cover the self-employed, military personnel, or certain kinds of trainees. "Prescribed diseases" are defined by the Department of Work and Pension in a list of diseases covered by IIDB. Delivery of medical services, such as the medical treatment benefit in Japan, is not included in this scheme because most medical services are provided for in the scheme of the National Health Service (NHS). Prevention Projects, such as the Follow-up Medical Examination Benefits in Japan, are also not included. Benefits for people who have Pneumoconiosis (including asbestosis) are provided in the IIDB scheme.

  9. Squamotous-type sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung with rhabdomyosarcomatous components

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    Figen Turk

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Lung carcinosarcoma is an infrequently biphasic tumor composed of carcinomatous and sarcomatous components. It is divided into endobronchial (squamous-type and peripheral (glandular type categories. The carcinomatous component is usually a squamous carcinoma, and the sarcomatous component usually resembles a fibrosarcoma or a malignant fibrous histiocytoma. The presence of rhabdomyoblastic differentiation in such neoplasms is exceedingly rare. There are strong associations with smoking and asbestosis. In this study, we describe a unique case of a 43-year-old man with a 75 packet/year smoking history in whom a rare mixed malignant tumor of the lung was diagnosed and treated by left pneumonectomy. Histological examination of the resected specimen showed squamous cell carcinoma and rhabdomyosarcoma components. Although rare, the association of a sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung with squamous cell carcinoma and rhabdomyosarcomatous component is possible and should be kept in mind when dealing with these unusual tumors.

  10. The Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2008

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    Under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act (Northern Ireland) 1979 ('the Order') lump sum payments may be made to certain persons disabled by a disease to which the Order applies, or to dependants of persons who were so disabled immediately before they died. These Regulations further amend the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1988 so as to increase the amounts payable under the Order. The increase in each case is 3.9 per cent, rounded up or down to the nearest one pound as appropriate. The diseases to which the Order applies are pneumoconiosis, byssinosis, diffuse mesothelioma, primary carcinoma of the lung (where accompanied by asbestosis or diffuse pleural thickening) and diffuse pleural thickening.

  11. The Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2006

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    Under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act (Northern Ireland) 1979 ('the Order') lump sum payments may be made to certain persons disabled by a disease to which the Order applies, or to dependants of persons who were so disabled immediately before they died. These Regulations further amend the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1988 so as to increase the amounts payable under the Order. The increase in each case is 2.7 per cent, rounded up or down to the nearest one pound as appropriate. The diseases to which the Order applies are pneumoconiosis, byssinosis, diffuse mesothelioma, primary carcinoma of the lung (where accompanied by asbestosis or diffuse pleural thickening) and diffuse pleural thickening. A full regulatory impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as it has no impact on the costs of business.

  12. The Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2007

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    Under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act (Northern Ireland) 1979 ('the Order') lump sum payments may be made to certain persons disabled by a disease to which the Order applies, or to dependants of persons who were so disabled immediately before they died. These Regulations further amend the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1988 so as to increase the amounts payable under the Order. The increase in each case is 3.6 per cent, rounded up or down to the nearest one pound as appropriate. The diseases to which the Order applies are pneumoconiosis, byssinosis, diffuse mesothelioma, primary carcinoma of the lung (where accompanied by asbestosis or diffuse pleural thickening) and diffuse pleural thickening. A full regulatory impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as it has no impact on the costs of business, charities or voluntary bodies.

  13. Does pneumoconiosis of dental technician cause to calcific pleural lesions? (Case report

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    Abdurrahman ŞENYİĞİT

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available The articles about various pneumoconiosis in dental technicians who work in inconvenient conditions have been increasing in recent years. Exposure to dust and fume that occur during the dental procedure may play role in pneumoconiosis of dental technicians.A 53 years old male patient conveyed that he has worked in dental prosthesis procedures for 22 years (1968-1990.Environmental asbestosis was not established in the history of the case but there were calcified pleural plaques in the chest x-ray graphy.There were appearance of calcific asbest plaques in many section of thorax CT.A case of pneumoconiosis in dental technician who work in unadequate preventive conditions was reported in this paper. Probably ,exposure to the asbest fibers that occurs during the procedure of dental prosthesis were the main reason for developing calcific pleural lesions.

  14. The Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2006

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    Under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 'the Act' lump sum payments may be made to certain persons disabled by a disease to which the Act applies, or to dependants of persons who were so disabled immediately before they died. These Regulations amend the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) Regulations 1988, so as to increase the amount payable under the Act. The increase in each case is 2.7 per cent, rounded up or down to the nearest one pound as appropriate. The diseases to which the Act applies are pneumoconiosis, byssinosis, diffuse mesothelioma, primary carcinoma of the lung (where accompanied by asbestosis or diffuse pleural thickening) and diffuse pleural thickening. A full regulatory impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as it has no impact on the cost of business.

  15. The Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2007

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    Under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 'the Act' lump sum payments may be made to certain persons disabled by a disease to which the Act applies, or to dependants of persons who were so disabled immediately before they died. These Regulations amend the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) Regulations 1988 (SI 1988/668), so as to increase the amount payable under the Act. The increase in each case is 3.6 per cent, rounded up or down to the nearest one pound as appropriate. The diseases to which the Act applies are pneumoconiosis, byssinosis, diffuse mesothelioma, primary carcinoma of the lung (where accompanied by asbestosis or diffuse pleural thickening) and diffuse pleural thickening. A full regulatory impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as it has no impact on the cost of business, charities and voluntary bodies.

  16. The Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2007

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    Under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 'the Act' lump sum payments may be made to certain persons disabled by a disease to which the Act applies, or to dependants of persons who were so disabled immediately before they died. These Regulations amend the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) (Payment of Claims) Regulations 1988 (SI 1988/668), so as to increase the amount payable under the Act. The increase in each case is 3.9 per cent, rounded up or down to the nearest one pound as appropriate. The diseases to which the Act applies are pneumoconiosis, byssinosis, diffuse mesothelioma, primary carcinoma of the lung (where accompanied by asbestosis or diffuse pleural thickening) and diffuse pleural thickening. A full regulatory impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as it has no impact on the cost of business, charities and voluntary bodies.

  17. Bronchoalveolar lavage analysis, gallium-67 lung scanning and soluble interleukin-2 receptor levels in asbestos exposure

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    Delclos, G.L.; Flitcraft, D.G.; Brousseau, K.P.; Windsor, N.T.; Nelson, D.L.; Wilson, R.K.; Lawrence, E.C.

    1989-04-01

    This study examined different markers of lung immunologic and inflammatory responses to previous asbestos exposure. We performed bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and gallium-67 (/sup 67/Ga) lung scans and measured serum and BAL soluble interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2R) and angiotensin-converting enzyme (SACE) levels in 32 subjects with a history of significant asbestos exposure, 14 without (EXP) and 18 with (ASB) radiographic evidence of asbestosis. BAL analysis revealed increases in neutrophils in both ASB and EXP when compared to controls (P less than 0.01), which persisted after adjustment for smoking category. Although significant abnormalities of macrophage and total lymphocyte profiles were not found in the study population, lymphocyte subpopulation analysis revealed elevation of BAL T4/T8 ratios in the entire study group (ASB + EXP) when compared to controls (P less than 0.05), independent of smoking category. /sup 67/Ga lung scan activity was increased in 56% of ASB and in 36% of EXP: no correlations between positive scans and different radiological and functional parameters could be found. There was no significant elevation of mean SACE, serum, or BAL IL-2R levels in any of the study categories. These data suggest that asbestos exposure may be associated with parenchymal inflammation, even in the absence of clinical criteria for asbestosis. Abnormalities of gallium uptake and of BAL analysis reflect the clinically inapparent inflammation. The increased BAL T4/T8 ratios observed suggest that abnormal local pulmonary immunoregulation may play a role in the pathogenesis of asbestos-related lung diseases.

  18. Asbestos-related diseases of the lungs and pleura: uses, trends and management over the last century.

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    Becklake, M R; Bagatin, E; Neder, J A

    2007-04-01

    Asbestos is a descriptive term for a group of naturally occurring minerals known to mankind since ancient times. The main types of asbestos (chrysotile, and the amphiboles crocidolite and amosite) differ in chemical structure, biopersistence in human tissue and toxicity. Commercial exploitation, with little thought for environmental controls, increased over the twentieth century, particularly after World War II, to accommodate globalisation and the demands of the world's burgeoning cities. As its ill-health effects, both non-malignant (fibrosis of the lungs or asbestosis; pleural effusion, plaques and thickening) and malignant (mesothelioma, lung and other cancers), became evident, public pressure rose to control its use. The last decades of the last century saw decreases in exposure and rates of asbestosis in industrialised and in some less-industrialised countries, where pleural plaques and malignant mesothelioma are currently the most frequent manifestations of asbestos exposure. Longer follow-up of asbestos-exposed cohorts in mining and manufacturing has also strengthened the evidence of a fibre gradient in toxicity, with chrysotile exhibiting lower toxicity than the amphiboles, and amosite lower toxicity than crocidolite. The last decades of the twentieth century saw stabilisation and/or declines in mesothelioma rates in several industrialised countries. In less-industrialised countries, data on disease are sparse, exposure generally high and rates may peak in the future. Management of asbestos-related disease in the workplace requires collaboration between workers and unions (responsible for monitoring workplace dust levels, to which they must have access) and companies (responsible for engineering controls), reinforced by appropriate government regulations and by community support. PMID:17394680

  19. Evaluation of laboratory examinations in asbestos-exposed patients with special reference to the relation between KL-6 and asbestos-related lung disease

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate the usefulness of various tests for the diagnosis of asbestos-related lung diseases, we analyzed laboratory findings of persons who underwent medical checkup for asbestos-exposure. We reviewed the medical records of persons who underwent the medical checkup for asbestos exposure at the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Chugoku Rosai General Hospital between September 2005 and December 2006. We reviewed data from blood and biochemical tests, chest X-ray, chest CT, and pulmonary function test of each subject. Subjects younger than 35 years without occupational asbestos-exposure were excluded. Among 106 subjects, 60 cases were diagnosed as having asbestos-related lung disease. Fifty-four had pleural plaque, 4 had diffuse pleural thickening, 5 had benign asbestos pleural effusion, 4 had rounded atelectasis, and 19 had asbestosis. Based on the results of chest CT scan, subjects were categorized into three groups: 46 subjects without abnormal findings due to asbestos, 41 subjects with pleural lesion, and 19 with pulmonary lesion. Laboratory examinations were compared between three groups. KL-6, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and % diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide (%DLCO) were significantly different between the three groups (p<0.001 p=0.01 and p=0.03). CEA and %DLCO were significantly different between smokers and non-smokers but KL-6 did not show any significant difference. Receiver operator curve analysis showed that KL-6 had a higher diagnostic value for asbestos-related lung diseases and asbestosis than CEA and %DLCO. KL-6, which is not influenced by smoking, was thought to closely reflect fibrotic changes due to asbestos-exposure. (author)

  20. Novel functional view of the crocidolite asbestos-treated A549 human lung epithelial transcriptome reveals an intricate network of pathways with opposing functions

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    Stevens John R

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although exposure to asbestos is now regulated, patients continue to be diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, fibrosis and lung carcinoma because of the long latent period between exposure and clinical disease. Asbestosis is observed in approximately 200,000 patients annually and asbestos-related deaths are estimated at 4,000 annually1. Although advances have been made using single gene/gene product or pathway studies, the complexity of the response to asbestos and the many unanswered questions suggested the need for a systems biology approach. The objective of this study was to generate a comprehensive view of the transcriptional changes induced by crocidolite asbestos in A549 human lung epithelial cells. Results A statistically robust, comprehensive data set documenting the crocidolite-induced changes in the A549 transcriptome was collected. A systems biology approach involving global observations from gene ontological analyses coupled with functional network analyses was used to explore the effects of crocidolite in the context of known molecular interactions. The analyses uniquely document a transcriptome with function-based networks in cell death, cancer, cell cycle, cellular growth, proliferation, and gene expression. These functional modules show signs of a complex interplay between signaling pathways consisting of both novel and previously described asbestos-related genes/gene products. These networks allowed for the identification of novel, putative crocidolite-related genes, leading to several new hypotheses regarding genes that are important for the asbestos response. The global analysis revealed a transcriptome that bears signatures of both apoptosis/cell death and cell survival/proliferation. Conclusion Our analyses demonstrate the power of combining a statistically robust, comprehensive dataset and a functional network genomics approach to 1 identify and explore relationships between genes of known importance

  1. [Expectations after ban on asbestos].

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    Sarić, Marko

    2009-11-01

    This article brings a brief review of asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases in Croatia in view of the asbestos ban. The first cases of asbestosis were diagnosed in workers from an asbestos-cement factory in 1961. Between 1990 and 2007, 403 cases of asbestosis had been registered as occupational disease: 300 with parenchymal fibrosis and the rest with parenchymal and pleural changes, or pleural plaques. As a rule, asbestos-related changes were diagnosed at an early stage thanks to regular checkups of the exposed workers. Pleural plaques, considered to be the consequence of asbestos exposure, were also occasionally found in subjects who lived in areas with asbestos processing plants, but were not occupationally exposed. Early epidemiological studies on respiratory and gastrointestinal tract tumours in areas with an asbestos processing plant (1994) and an asbestos-cement plant (1995, 1996) focused on the occurrence of malignant tumours in persons exposed to asbestos at work or in the environment. More recently, the focus has shifted to the malignant pleural mesotelioma (MPM). An epidemiological study published in 2002 showed that the MPM incidence was significantly higher in the coastal area than in the rest of the country. About two thirds of patients with the tumour were occupationally exposed to asbestos. This uneven distribution of the tumour incidence is obviously related to shipbuilding and other industrial sources of asbestos exposure located in the coastal Croatia. Sources of environmental exposure to asbestos also have to be taken into account. The second part of this article ventures into the issues ahead of us, after asbestos has been banned in the country. The long latency period of cancers, and particularly of asbestos-related mesothelioma, implies that the incidence of this tumour will not drop over the next few decades. In Croatia, the average annual rate of MPM between 1991 and 2006 was 40, and ranged between 20 in 1991 to 61 in 1999. In 2006

  2. Health hazards from environmental asbestos and asbestos in rooms; Gesundheitsgefaehrdung durch Asbest aus der Umwelt und im Innenraum

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    Ohme, K. [Medizinal-, Lebensmittel- und Veterinaeruntersuchungsamt Thueringen, Hygiene-Inst. Erfurt (Germany); Huehn, W. [Medizinal-, Lebensmittel- und Veterinaeruntersuchungsamt Thueringen, Hygiene-Inst. Erfurt (Germany)

    1993-05-01

    Asbestos-comprising building and other materials are sources to a potential health hazard by means of asbestos fibres from environment and indoor, from which asbestos fibres may be released by atmospheric influences, aging processes, working or using. Inhalation of asbestos fibres is the deciding factor for the essentiell healthy consequences of asbestos. Only fibres of critical dimensions (length L > 5 {mu}m, diameter D < 3 {mu}m and proportion L:D > 3:1) have a pathogenic potential. Inhalated asbestos-comprising dust may lead to diseases on asbestosis of the lungs and/or pleura, lung cancer, mesothelioms of pleura or peritoneum principally. In result of the present concentrations of asbestos fibres in environment and indoor (from lower than 50 to 200 fibres/m{sup 3} respectively up to 20000 fibres/m{sup 3}) diseases on lung asbestosis are not to be expected. Diseases on lung cancer and mesothelioms are possible. Smoker have a tenfold higher risk to fall ill with asbestos caused lung cancer than non-smokers. In comparison with it, differences on mesothelioms were not observed. In all the asbestos-caused lifetime-risk is determined to 2 . 10{sup -5} at an immission load of 100 fibres/m{sup 3} (unit-risk). A rising of asbestos fibres pollution and, therefore, of health hazard seems not much probably. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ausgangspunkte fuer eine moegliche Gesundheitsgefaehrdung durch Asbestfasern aus der Umwelt und im Innenraum wind im wesentlichen asbesthaltige Bau- und Werkstoffe, aus denen durch atmosphaerische Einfluesse, Alterung, Bearbeitung oder Nutzung Asbestfasern freigesetzt werden koennen. Entscheidend fuer die wesentlichen gesundheitlichen Auswirkungen von Asbest ist die Aufnahme von Asbestfasern aus der Luft durch Einatmen. Ein krankheitsausloesendes Potential weisen nur Fasern kritischer Abmessungen (Laenge L > 5 {mu}m, Durchmesser D < 3 {mu}m und L:D > 3:1) auf. Eingeatmeter Asbestfaserstaub kann grundsaetzlich zu Erkrankungen an Asbestose der Lunge und

  3. Acute exacerbations of fibrotic interstitial lung disease.

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    Churg, Andrew; Wright, Joanne L; Tazelaar, Henry D

    2011-03-01

    An acute exacerbation is the development of acute lung injury, usually resulting in acute respiratory distress syndrome, in a patient with a pre-existing fibrosing interstitial pneumonia. By definition, acute exacerbations are not caused by infection, heart failure, aspiration or drug reaction. Most patients with acute exacerbations have underlying usual interstitial pneumonia, either idiopathic or in association with a connective tissue disease, but the same process has been reported in patients with fibrotic non-specific interstitial pneumonia, fibrotic hypersensitivity pneumonitis, desquamative interstitial pneumonia and asbestosis. Occasionally an acute exacerbation is the initial manifestation of underlying interstitial lung disease. On biopsy, acute exacerbations appear as diffuse alveolar damage or bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP) superimposed upon the fibrosing interstitial pneumonia. Biopsies may be extremely confusing, because the acute injury pattern can completely obscure the underlying disease; a useful clue is that diffuse alveolar damage and organizing pneumonia should not be associated with old dense fibrosis and peripheral honeycomb change. Consultation with radiology can also be extremely helpful, because the fibrosing disease may be evident on old or concurrent computed tomography scans. The aetiology of acute exacerbations is unknown, and the prognosis is poor; however, some patients survive with high-dose steroid therapy.

  4. Crocidolite-induced pulmonary fibrosis in mice

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    The responses of alveolar and bronchial cells to asbestos exposure were studied to relate the cytokinetic changes of injury and repair to the inflammatory process and subsequent fibroblast activity. Lesions were induced by intratracheal instillation of 1 mg crocidolite asbestos to mice which were killed up to 20 weeks; 3H thymidine was injected 1 hr before death. A rapid inflammatory response with elevated PMN and lysosomal enzyme release was largely over by 2 wks though an increase in alveolar macrophages (AM) was maintained. Within 48 hrs there was multifocal necrosis of bronchiolar epithelium, maximal at bifurcations where longer fibers tend to adhere. Subsequently, intralumenal exudates were overgrown by proliferating epithelial cells and were incorporated, with long fibers, into bronchiolar connective tissue where granulomas formed. Alveolar lesions were located in peribronchiolar air sacs where focal injury of Type 1 cells by short fibers was rapidly repaired by division of Type 2 cells. Most short fibers were cleared by AMs, only a few fibers reached the interstitium. After 2 wks the increase in labeling index was due to labeled peribronchial fibroblasts. Biochemically, collagen increased after 4 wks when fibrosis was seen in bronchiolar lumens and in peribronchiolar connective tissue with lesser amounts in the centrilobular alveolar interstitium. The results suggest that long fibers induce bronchiolar injury and a more severe fibrotic pattern similar to human asbestosis

  5. Size- and structure-dependent toxicity of silica particulates

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    Hanada, Sanshiro; Miyaoi, Kenichi; Hoshino, Akiyoshi; Inasawa, Susumu; Yamaguchi, Yukio; Yamamoto, Kenji

    2011-03-01

    Nano- and micro-particulates firmly attach with the surface of various biological systems. In some chronic pulmonary disease such as asbestosis and silicosis, causative particulates will induce chronic inflammatory disorder, followed by poor prognosis diseases. However, nano- and micro-scale specific toxicity of silica particulates is not well examined enough to recognize the risk of nano- and micro-particulates from the clinical aspect. To clarify the effect of the size and structure of silica particulates on the cellular damage and the biological response, we assessed the cytotoxicity of the various kinds of silica particles including amorphous and crystalline silica, in mouse alveolar macrophage culture, focusing on the fibrotic and inflammatory response. Our study showed that the cytotoxicity, which depends on the particle size and surface area, is correlated with their inflammatory response. By contrast, production of TGF-β, which is one of the fibrotic agents in lung, by addition of crystal silica was much higher than that of amorphous silica. We conclude that fibrosis and inflammation are induced at different phases and that the size- and structure-differences of silica particulates affect the both biological responses, caused by surface activity, radical species, and so on.

  6. Asbestos exposure in Israel: findings, issues and needs.

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    Richter, E D

    1984-02-01

    In Israel, since the 1950s, at least several thousand workers, their wives and children, and possibly many others, have been or still may be exposed to hazardous amounts of airborne asbestos fibers. These are found both in asbestos-based industries (asbestos cement, textiles and brake linings) and trades with asbestos exposure (construction, shipyard repair, boiler maintenance, insulation work). These people are at increased risk for disability or illness, or for premature death from asbestosis, from lung cancer, from exacerbation of preexisting respiratory disease (especially if they smoke), from mesothelioma, from gastrointestinal cancer, and from other malignancies. Although there has been progress, much still has to be done in the areas of legislation, standard setting, exposure control, technology, surveillance, smoking cessation, and medical care and follow-up. Compensation is needed to care for those workers currently or previously exposed, as well as for their families and others at risk. A national policy for protecting and caring for those formerly or currently exposed is indicated by the review of the situation in Israel. PMID:6368466

  7. CT findings and serum ca 125 levels in malignant peritoneal mesothelioma: report of 11 new cases and review of the literature

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    The aim of this study was to review and reappraise the clinical and CT features of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM), and to discuss differential diagnosis. The history, clinical, and laboratory data, and imaging studies of 11 patients with a histologically proven diagnosis of MPM, were retrospectively reviewed. Our patients consisted of 7 women and 4 men, with a median age of 48 years (age range 40-55 years). There was a definite history of significant asbestos exposure in 6 patients. Abdominal swelling (9 of 11) was the most common presenting symptom. The mean serum CA-125 (normal value 1.2-32 U/ml) level was 230 U/ml (range 19-1000 U/ml). The most common radiological findings were extensive or moderate amounts ascites (11 of 11), irregular or nodular peritoneal thickening (11 of 11), omental involvement (10 of 11), mesentery involvement (9 of 11), pleural thickening, plaques or calcification (7 of 11), pleural effusion (6 of 11), and bowel wall thickening (5 of 11). Two patients had large upper abdominal masses. Computed tomography findings of MPM are nonspecific and inadequate to pinpoint specific diagnosis. The diagnosis requires histological demonstration which is commonly made by an image or laparoscopic-guided biopsy. Pleural changes suggesting asbestosis combined with CT findings and high CA-125 levels can suggest, but are not diagnostic of, mesothelioma. Suggesting the diagnosis of MPM is important because histological and immunohistochemical tests are needed for diagnostic accuracy. (orig.)

  8. [What are the tools for post-occupational follow-up, how should they be performed and what are their performance, limits and benefit/risk ratio? Chest X-Ray and CT scan].

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    Ferretti, G

    2011-06-01

    Chest radiography and computed tomography (CT) are the two radiological techniques used for the follow-up of people exposed to asbestos. Since the last conference of consensus (1999), the scientific literature has primarily covered high-resolution CT and high-resolution volume CT (HR-VCT). We consider in turn the contribution of digital thoracic radiography, recommendations for the performance of HR-VCT to ensure the quality of examination while controlling the delivered radiation dose, and the need to refer to the "CT atlas of benign diseases related to asbestos exposure", published by a group of French experts in 2007, for interpretation. The results of the published studies concerning radiography or CT are then reviewed. We note the great interobserver variability in the recognition of pleural plaques and asbestosis, indicating the need for adequate training of radiologists, and the importance of defining standardized, quantified criteria for CT abnormalities. The very low agreement between thoracic and general radiologists must be taken into account. The reading of CT scans in cases of occupational exposure to asbestos should be entrusted to thoracic radiologists or to general radiologists having validated specific training. A double interpretation of CT could be considered in medicosocial requests. CT is more sensitive than chest radiography in the detection of bronchial carcinoma but generates a great number of false positive results (96 to 99%). No scientific data are available to assess the role of imaging by either CT or chest radiography in the early detection of mesothelioma.

  9. The defence of chrysotile, 1912-2007.

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    Greenberg, Morris

    2008-01-01

    The commercial exploitation of asbestos may be dated from the late 1870s, when Canada was the major world source. Reports of severe and fatal respiratory disease in workers in asbestos factories appeared in Britain (1898, 1906), and in France (1906) and Italy (1908). In 1912 the Canadian Department of Labour denied that the health of Quebec's millers and miners was affected. A series of denials appeared for over 40 years, until in 1955 a Thetford Mines medical officer reported finding that between 1945 and 1953, among some 4,000 asbestos workers 128 had asbestosis of various degrees of severity, 121 diagnosed radiographically, and 33 confirmed at autopsy. Although a committee of inquiry into health in the asbestos industry (1976), and a Royal Commission on health and safety arising in the use of asbestos in Ontario (1984) confirmed that disease had occurred, these findings were to have no adverse effects on asbestos exports. Rather, the inquiries constituted elements in the industry's successful public relations exercise that continues to operate to this day. Even when an increasing number of national bodies have legislated for total bans on asbestos use, a policy with which all the international bodies concerned with public health agree, the Canadian PR apparatus continues to be able to call on physicians and scientists prepared to oppose the consensuses reached by the independent advisors to these bodies. PMID:18320733

  10. The Role of Mitochondrial DNA in Mediating Alveolar Epithelial Cell Apoptosis and Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Seok-Jo Kim

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Convincing evidence has emerged demonstrating that impairment of mitochondrial function is critically important in regulating alveolar epithelial cell (AEC programmed cell death (apoptosis that may contribute to aging-related lung diseases, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF and asbestosis (pulmonary fibrosis following asbestos exposure. The mammalian mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA encodes for 13 proteins, including several essential for oxidative phosphorylation. We review the evidence implicating that oxidative stress-induced mtDNA damage promotes AEC apoptosis and pulmonary fibrosis. We focus on the emerging role for AEC mtDNA damage repair by 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase (OGG1 and mitochondrial aconitase (ACO-2 in maintaining mtDNA integrity which is important in preventing AEC apoptosis and asbestos-induced pulmonary fibrosis in a murine model. We then review recent studies linking the sirtuin (SIRT family members, especially SIRT3, to mitochondrial integrity and mtDNA damage repair and aging. We present a conceptual model of how SIRTs modulate reactive oxygen species (ROS-driven mitochondrial metabolism that may be important for their tumor suppressor function. The emerging insights into the pathobiology underlying AEC mtDNA damage and apoptosis is suggesting novel therapeutic targets that may prove useful for the management of age-related diseases, including pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer.

  11. The Role of Mitochondrial DNA in Mediating Alveolar Epithelial Cell Apoptosis and Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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    Kim, Seok-Jo; Cheresh, Paul; Jablonski, Renea P; Williams, David B; Kamp, David W

    2015-01-01

    Convincing evidence has emerged demonstrating that impairment of mitochondrial function is critically important in regulating alveolar epithelial cell (AEC) programmed cell death (apoptosis) that may contribute to aging-related lung diseases, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and asbestosis (pulmonary fibrosis following asbestos exposure). The mammalian mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) encodes for 13 proteins, including several essential for oxidative phosphorylation. We review the evidence implicating that oxidative stress-induced mtDNA damage promotes AEC apoptosis and pulmonary fibrosis. We focus on the emerging role for AEC mtDNA damage repair by 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase (OGG1) and mitochondrial aconitase (ACO-2) in maintaining mtDNA integrity which is important in preventing AEC apoptosis and asbestos-induced pulmonary fibrosis in a murine model. We then review recent studies linking the sirtuin (SIRT) family members, especially SIRT3, to mitochondrial integrity and mtDNA damage repair and aging. We present a conceptual model of how SIRTs modulate reactive oxygen species (ROS)-driven mitochondrial metabolism that may be important for their tumor suppressor function. The emerging insights into the pathobiology underlying AEC mtDNA damage and apoptosis is suggesting novel therapeutic targets that may prove useful for the management of age-related diseases, including pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. PMID:26370974

  12. Asbestos-related diseases of the thorax

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    Asbestos fibers can lead to pulmonary fibrosis, thickening of the pleura and malignancies. These pathologic changes are possible rather than determinate and depend on the type of asbestos fiber, length of exposure to fibers and individual factors. In Germany asbestos fibers were widely used until 1993. Worldwide, there is currently no general ban on the use of asbestos. The leading cause of asbestos-related diseases is occupational exposure. Due to a long latency period the appearance of such diseases may be delayed for more than 40 years so that the final number of cases has not yet been reached. Occupationally-derived asbestos-related diseases of the thorax are asbestosis, asbestos-related benign pleurisy and malignant pleural mesothelioma. Bronchial carcinoma can also be caused by asbestos exposure. For proof of occupational exposure, radiologists are required to report the presence of characteristic findings. The detection, in particular by chest X-ray and high resolution computed tomography (HRCT), requires high quality images and standardized evaluation. The standardized ILO classification and the semi-quantitative HRCT coding are medical findings on which statutory registration criteria are based. (orig.)

  13. Medical monitoring of asbestos-exposed workers: experience from Poland.

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    Świątkowska, Beata; Szeszenia-Dąbrowska, Neonila; Wilczyńska, Urszula

    2016-08-01

    In Poland, the use of asbestos was banned in 1997 and asbestos plants have been closed since then. Despite their closure, cases of asbestos-related occupational diseases among former asbestos workers are still being recorded in the Central Register of Occupational Diseases. Between 2001 and 2014, there were 2726 asbestos-related illnesses, classified and reported as diseases associated with occupational exposure to asbestos. In 2000, Poland introduced a programme called Amiantus, targeted at former asbestos-processing plant workers. The programme provided periodic medical examinations to workers and free access to medications for treatment of asbestos-related illnesses. Introduction of the programme provided additional data to generate a reliable estimation of the number of asbestos-related occupational diseases, including cancer. The average latency period for asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma is about 40 years so there may still be some health impact to former workers necessitating follow-up. We present the Polish experience of implementing a medical examination programme for asbestos-exposed workers and provide a list of activities to consider when planning for such a programme. PMID:27516637

  14. Differential diagnosis of usual interstitial pneumonia: when is it truly idiopathic?

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    Wim A. Wuyts

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    Full Text Available Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF, the most common and lethal of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, is defined by a radiological and/or pathological pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP. However, UIP is not synonymous with IPF as other clinical conditions may be associated with UIP, including chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis, collagen vascular disease, drug toxicity, asbestosis, familial IPF and Hermansky–Pudlak syndrome. Differentiating IPF (“idiopathic UIP” from conditions that mimic IPF (“secondary UIP” has substantial therapeutic and prognostic implications. A number of radiological and histological clues may help distinguish IPF from other conditions with a UIP pattern of fibrosis, but their appreciation requires extensive expertise in interstitial lung disease as well as an integrated multidisciplinary approach involving pulmonologists, radiologists and pathologists. In addition, multidisciplinary discussions may decrease the time to initial IPF diagnosis and, thus, enable more timely management. This concept was strongly emphasised by the 2011 ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT guidelines. This article highlights, with the aid of a clinical case, the difficulties in making a diagnosis of IPF in clinical practice. Yet, an accurate diagnosis is critical, particularly given the availability of drugs that may reduce the pace of functional decline and disease progression in IPF.

  15. Inflammation and Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma: A Potential Scenario for Novel Drug Targets

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    Full Text Available The relationship between inflammation and the development of cancer has been recognized for a number of years. Well-known examples of this link are: asbestosis/mesothelioma, inflammatory bowel disease/colorectal cancer, chronic viral hepatitis/ hepatocellular carcinoma, Helicobacter pylori infection/gastric cancer, Barrett’s metaplasia/ esophageal cancer, Schistosoma haematobium infection/urinary bladder cancer, human Papillomavirus/ cervical cancer, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis/thyroid cancer and human herpesvirus type B/Kaposi’s sarcoma [1]. In all these cancers, chronic inflammation produces a cycle of repeated cellular damage and subsequent healing. Cellular injury determines DNA damage with mutations altering proto-oncogene(s and/or tumor suppressor genes [2]. The healing process consists of cell growing stimulation and growth factor release which would give a helping hand to the proliferation of transformed cells. It is highly likely that similar changes occur within the pancreatic tissue when chronically exposed to inflammatory processes and/or mediators. In fact, while the etiology of pancreatic adenocarcinoma is not yet fully known, epidemiologic evidence from both in vivo and in vitro studies has demonstrated that inflammation represents an important role in its carcinogenesis [3].

  16. Commentary: research on the mechanisms of the occupational lung diseases

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    In this commentary, the pathogenesis of alveolitis is examined and elucidated by animal models. The use of broncho alveolar lavage (BAL) and Ga-67 citrate whole-body scanning as a measure of the activity of alveolar inflammation in workers is discussed. Gallium scan indices have been reported to be elevated in asbestosis, silicosis, and coal workers' pneumoconiosis; diseases which may now be evaluated at earlier, potentially reversible stages. Research in emphysema and other lung diseases associated with α1 antitrypsin deficiency may help explain why coal miners develop focal emphysema. Furthermore, investigation of genetic factors may reveal why workers with similar exposures have a different susceptibility for the development of pneumoconiosis or lung cancer. Occupational asthma may not respond to removal of the worker from exposure because reactive airways may be a predisposing factor for chronic ashthma and chronic obstructive lung disease. A continuing challenge will be disease risk in new industries such as electronics and alternate energy industries and new diseases in worker groups not previously studied, such as the variety of pneumoconioses among dental laboratory technicians who work with exotic metal alloys. 52 references

  17. Inhalational Lung Disease

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    Full Text Available Inhalational lung diseases are among the most important occupational diseases. Pneumoconiosis refers to a group of lung diseases result from inhalation of usually inorganic dusts such as silicon dioxide, asbestos, coal, etc., and their deposition in the lungs. The resultant pulmonary disorders depend on the susceptibility of lungs; size, concentration, solubility and fibrogenic properties of the inhaled particles; and duration of exposure. Radiographic manifestations of pneumoconiosis become apparent several years after exposure to the particles. However, for certain types of dusts, e.g., silicone dioxide crystal and beryllium, heavy exposure within a short period can cause an acute disease. Pulmonary involvement in asbestosis is usually in the lower lobes. On the contrary, in silicosis and coal worker pneumoconiosis, the upper lobes are involved predominantly. For imaging evaluation of pneumoconiosis, high-resolution computed tomography (CT is superior to conventional chest x-ray. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and positron emission tomography (PET scan are helpful in those with suspected tumoral lesions. In this essay, we reviewed the imaging aspects of inhalational lung disease.

  18. ACR Appropriateness Criteria Review ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Occupational Lung Diseases.

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    Bacchus, Leon; Shah, Rakesh D; Chung, Jonathan H; Crabtree, Traves P; Heitkamp, Darel E; Iannettoni, Mark D; Johnson, Geoffrey B; Jokerst, Clinton; McComb, Barbara L; Saleh, Anthony G; Steiner, Robert M; Mohammed, Tan-Lucien H; Ravenel, James G

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    Occupational lung disease is a category of disease entities characterized by a reaction of the lung parenchyma to inhaled aerosolized particles found in the environment. This document summarizes the imaging appropriateness data for silicosis, coal worker pneumoconiosis, and asbestosis. The main points of the document are that computed tomography is more sensitive than radiography, computed tomography without contrast generally suffices for evaluation, and fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography may have utility in patients with mesothelioma. The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed every 3 years by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and review includes an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer-reviewed journals and the application of a well-established consensus methodology (modified Delphi) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures by the panel. In those instances in which evidence is lacking or not definitive, expert opinion may be used to recommend imaging or treatment. PMID:26656194

  19. Classification of pneumoconiosis by high speed, high resolution computed tomography (HSRCT)

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    Improvement in CT technology now makes possible imaging of the lung with excellent anatomic details, demonstrating patterns of pulmonary abnormalities induced by dust inhalation. By circumventing the summation of lung structures in complex regions such as apices, paratracheal, pericardiac, margin of chest walls, diaphragmatic regions and pulmonary vessels, HSRCT can confirm the presence of interstitial fibrosis associated with areas of lung destruction and disorganization of lung architecture. A comparative study of chest radiographs and computed tomograms was made in 93 cases of pneumoconiosis, including silicosis, asbestosis, welder's lung, foundry worker's lung and activated carbon pneumoconiosis, the profusion of which was classified as 0/1 to 3/3 following ILO 1980 International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses. The codification and scoring of chest CT of pneumoconiosis is based on ILO 1980 and JAPAN 1978 Classification. The purpose of these is to codify chest CT findings in a simple and reproducible manner. Detectability of small rounded or irregular opacities in CT images is higher than in chest radiographs in low profusion and is far better for visualization of emphysematous changes (89% in 87 cases exclude 0/1), abnormalities of pulmonary vessels and pleura. There is less relation between profusion and emphysematous changes in scoring method. However, it is difficult to differentiate small rounded opacities and pulmonary vessels in thin slice CT images. (author)

  20. Gene-environment interaction from international cohorts: impact on development and evolution of occupational and environmental lung and airway disease.

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    Gaffney, Adam; Christiani, David C

    2015-06-01

    Environmental and occupational pulmonary diseases impose a substantial burden of morbidity and mortality on the global population. However, it has been long observed that only some of those who are exposed to pulmonary toxicants go on to develop disease; increasingly, it is being recognized that genetic differences may underlie some of this person-to-person variability. Studies performed throughout the globe are demonstrating important gene-environment interactions for diseases as diverse as chronic beryllium disease, coal workers' pneumoconiosis, silicosis, asbestosis, byssinosis, occupational asthma, and pollution-associated asthma. These findings have, in many instances, elucidated the pathogenesis of these highly complex diseases. At the same time, however, translation of this research into clinical practice has, for good reasons, proceeded slowly. No genetic test has yet emerged with sufficiently robust operating characteristics to be clearly useful or practicable in an occupational or environmental setting. In addition, occupational genetic testing raises serious ethical and policy concerns. Therefore, the primary objective must remain ensuring that the workplace and the environment are safe for all. PMID:26024343

  1. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Epidemiology, Clinical Features, Prognosis, and Management.

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    Lynch, Joseph P; Huynh, Richard H; Fishbein, Michael C; Saggar, Rajan; Belperio, John A; Weigt, S Sam

    2016-06-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a specific form of chronic interstitial lung pneumonia associated with the histologic pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP). Although UIP is a distinct histologic lesion, this histologic pattern is not specific for IPF and can also be found in other diseases (e.g., connective tissue disease and asbestosis). Clinical features of IPF include progressive cough, dyspnea, restrictive ventilatory defect, and progressive fibrosis and destruction of the lung parenchyma. IPF is rare (13-42 cases/100,000), and primarily affects older adults (>50 years of age). The diagnosis of IPF often requires surgical lung biopsy, but the diagnosis can be affirmed with confidence in some patients provided the results of computed tomographic (CT) scans and clinical features are consistent. The clinical course is variable, but inexorable progression (typically over months to years) is typical. Mean survival from the onset of symptoms approximates 3 to 5 years. Medical treatment is only modestly effective, primarily by slowing the rate of disease progression. Lung transplantation is the best therapeutic option. PMID:27231859

  2. 1988至2014年青岛市某石棉厂石棉相关疾病发病情况%The incidence of asbestos-related diseases about on asbestos enterprises in Qingdao from 1988 to 2014

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    宋平平; 王艳; 孙建岭; 高燕; 刘娟; 陈艳霞

    2016-01-01

    目的 分析青岛市某石棉制品厂1988至2014年确诊的石棉相关疾病的发病状况和特点,为研究和制定石棉相关疾病防治措施及策略提供依据.方法 收集1988至2014年青岛某石棉制品厂确诊的石棉相关疾病资料,对全部资料进行录入、整理及汇总和进行统计分析.结果 在27年期间石棉相关疾病累计诊断625人,其中石棉肺617人,分期为Ⅰ期500人,Ⅱ期112人Ⅲ期5人;发病年龄(64.8±9.9)岁,工龄(24.5±7.4)年;石棉所致肺癌共12人,发病年龄(66.3±11.2)岁,工龄(29.2±7.8)年;石棉所致间皮瘤4人,发病年龄49-78(M=60)岁,工龄24-30(M=27)年;石棉肺病死率为38.74%,胸膜斑发生率为37.44%,肺结核发生率为5.19%,结论 青岛市某石棉制品厂石棉相关疾病发病率较高,以石棉肺为主,发病与接触石棉的工龄、车间石棉粉尘浓度、工种密切相关.石棉相关疾病仍是以后青岛市职业病防治的重点.%Objective It can provide statistics reference for the prevention and treatment by analysising the status and characteristics related to the asbestos disease of an asbestos products enterprises from 1988 to 2014.Methods We have collected the data concerning the case of asbestos-related disease between 1988 and 2014,then the data were arranged,collecteted and analyzed using statistical method.Results The total of patients is 625 (male:225,female:400).Diagnosis of asbestosis is 617 cases,Accordingly,stage Ⅰ is 500,stage Ⅱ is 112 and stage Ⅲ is 5.Average age of morbidity is 64.84±9.87 and working age is 24.45±7.40 years;The patients of lung cancer caused by asbestos are 12 people,and average age of morbidity is 66.25±11.20 years,and the working age is 29.18±7.77years;The patients of mesothelioma are 4 people,average age of morbidity is 49-78 (M=60)and working age is 27years.Asbestosis patients with complications of pleural plaque is 37.44%,complications of pulmonary tuberculosis is 5.19%.,and there are

  3. Medical Surveillance for Former Workers

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    2009-05-29

    The Former Hanford Worker Medical Monitoring Program, directed by the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program at the University of Washington, served former production and other non-construction workers who were potentially exposed to workplace hazards while working for the USDOE or its contractors at Hanford. The USDOE Former Workers Program arose from Congressional action in the Defense Authorization of 1993 (Public Law 102). Section 3162 stated that, “The Secretary shall establish and carry out a program for the identification and ongoing medical evaluation of current and former Department of Energy employees who are subject to significant health risks as a result of exposure of such employees to hazardous or radioactive substances during such employment.” (This also covers former employees of USDOE contractors and subcontractors.) The key objective has been to provide these former workers with medical evaluations in order to determine whether workers have experienced significant risk due to workplace exposure to hazards. Exposures to asbestos, beryllium, and noise can produce specific medical conditions: asbestosis, berylliosis, and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Each of these conditions can be identified by specific, non-invasive screening tests, which are widely available. Treatments are also available for individuals affected by these conditions. This project involved two phases. Phase I involved a needs and risk assessment, characterizing the nature and extent of workplace health hazards which may have increased the risk for long-term health effects. We categorized jobs and tasks by likelihood of exposures to specific workplace health hazards; and located and established contact with former Hanford workers. Phase II involved implementation of medical monitoring programs for former workers whose individual work history indicated significant risk for adverse health effects. We identified 118,000 former workers, employed from 1943 to 1997

  4. Physical activity in people with asbestos related pleural disease and dust-related interstitial lung disease: An observational study.

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    Dale, Marita T; McKeough, Zoe J; Munoz, Phillip A; Corte, Peter; Bye, Peter T P; Alison, Jennifer A

    2015-11-01

    This study aimed to measure the levels of physical activity (PA) in people with dust-related pleural and interstitial lung diseases and to compare these levels of PA to a healthy population. There is limited data on PA in this patient population and no previous studies have compared PA in people with dust-related respiratory diseases to a healthy control group. Participants with a diagnosis of a dust-related respiratory disease including asbestosis and asbestos related pleural disease (ARPD) and a healthy age- and gender-matched population wore the SenseWear(®) Pro3 armband for 9 days. Six-minute walk distance, Medical Outcomes Study 36-item short-form health survey and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale were also measured. Fifty participants were recruited and 46 completed the study; 22 with ARPD, 10 with dust-related interstitial lung disease (ILD) and 14 healthy age-matched participants. The mean (standard deviation) steps/day were 6097 (1939) steps/day for dust-related ILD, 9150 (3392) steps/day for ARPD and 10,630 (3465) steps/day for healthy participants. Compared with the healthy participants, dust-related ILD participants were significantly less active as measured by steps/day ((mean difference 4533 steps/day (95% confidence interval (CI): 1888-7178)) and energy expenditure, ((mean difference 512 calories (95% CI: 196-827)) and spent significantly less time engaging in moderate, vigorous or very vigorous activities (i.e. >3 metabolic equivalents; mean difference 1.2 hours/day (95% CI: 0.4-2.0)). There were no differences in levels of PA between healthy participants and those with ARPD. PA was reduced in people with dust-related ILD but not those with ARPD when compared with healthy age and gender-matched individuals.

  5. Work-related lung diseases.

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    Weston, Ainsley

    2011-01-01

    Work-related respiratory diseases affect people in every industrial sector, constituting approximately 60% of all disease and injury mortality and 70% of all occupational disease mortality. There are two basic types: interstitial lung diseases, that is the pneumoconioses (asbestosis, byssinosis, chronic beryllium disease, coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), silicosis, flock workers' lung, and farmers' lung disease), and airways diseases, such as work-related or exacerbated asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bronchiolitis obliterans (a disease that was recognized in the production of certain foods only 10 years ago). Common factors in the development of these diseases are exposures to dusts, metals, allergens and other toxins, which frequently cause oxidative damage. In response, the body reacts by activating primary immune response genes (i.e. cytokines that often lead to further oxidative damage), growth factors and tissue remodelling proteins. Frequently, complex imbalances in these processes contribute to the development of disease. For example, tissue matrix metalloproteases can cause the degradation of tissue, as in the development of CWP small profusions, but usually overexpression of matrix metalloproteases is controlled by serum protein inhibitors. Thus, disruption of such a balance can lead to adverse tissue damage. Susceptibility to these types of lung disease has been investigated largely through candidate gene studies, which have been characteristically small, often providing findings that have been difficult to corroborate. An important exception to this has been the finding that the HLA-DPB11(E69) allele is closely associated with chronic beryllium disease and beryllium sensitivity. Although chronic beryllium disease is only caused by exposure to beryllium, inheritance of HLA-DPB1(E69) carries an increased risk of between two- and 30-fold in beryllium exposed workers. Most, if not all, of these occupationally related diseases are

  6. Enfermedad pulmonar por amianto en trabajadores de acería

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    Full Text Available Las enfermedades relacionadas al amianto se producen por la inhalación de fibras de asbestos en su variedad crisotilo o amianto blanco. A pesar de que en la Argentina la prohibición data del año 2003, existen numerosas industrias donde se sigue trabajando con este mineral, entre ellas las metalúrgicas y acerías. Actualmente se conoce la alta patogenicidad de este material, por lo que en muchos países existen programas de seguimiento de los trabajadores expuestos. Se describen las características generales y manifestaciones clínicas pulmonares de 27 pacientes que trabajaron en una gran acería de América del Sur. El diagnóstico de amiantopatías se realizó mediante historia clínica laboral, antecedente de exposición al amianto, estudios complementarios de función pulmonar e imágenes del tórax. Se analizaron la fuente de exposición (laboral, doméstica y ambiental, tiempo de exposición y período de latencia en los pacientes de los cuales se detectó enfermedad relacionada. Los antecedentes de tabaquismo fueron tenidos en cuenta para el análisis. En 22 pacientes se presentaron patologías benignas (81.4%, 16 de ellos tenían lesiones exclusivamente pleurales y otros 6 asbestosis. Las patologías malignas se presentaron en 5 pacientes (18.5%, en 4 fueron mesoteliomas y en uno carcinoma pulmonar. El problema de la exposición al amianto tiene vigencia actual. De ahí la necesidad de un programa de vigilancia en trabajadores expuestos al amianto actualmente o en el pasado, para detectar, notificar, registrar e investigar las características de estas patologías.

  7. Asbestos-related diseases of the thorax; Asbestverursachte Veraenderungen am Thorax

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    Hieckel, H.G. [Evangelische Lungenklinik Berlin (Germany); Hering, K.G. [Knappschaftskrankenhaus Dortmund (Germany)

    2010-07-15

    Asbestos fibers can lead to pulmonary fibrosis, thickening of the pleura and malignancies. These pathologic changes are possible rather than determinate and depend on the type of asbestos fiber, length of exposure to fibers and individual factors. In Germany asbestos fibers were widely used until 1993. Worldwide, there is currently no general ban on the use of asbestos. The leading cause of asbestos-related diseases is occupational exposure. Due to a long latency period the appearance of such diseases may be delayed for more than 40 years so that the final number of cases has not yet been reached. Occupationally-derived asbestos-related diseases of the thorax are asbestosis, asbestos-related benign pleurisy and malignant pleural mesothelioma. Bronchial carcinoma can also be caused by asbestos exposure. For proof of occupational exposure, radiologists are required to report the presence of characteristic findings. The detection, in particular by chest X-ray and high resolution computed tomography (HRCT), requires high quality images and standardized evaluation. The standardized ILO classification and the semi-quantitative HRCT coding are medical findings on which statutory registration criteria are based. (orig.) [German] Asbestfasern koennen zu einer Lungenfibrose, zu Verdickungen der Pleura und zu Malignomen fuehren. Diese pathologischen Veraenderungen sind fakultativ und abhaengig von der Asbestart, der Dauer der Exposition und von individuellen Faktoren. Asbest fand bis 1993 in Deutschland breiten Einsatz. Weltweit besteht noch kein Verbot. Mehrheitlich sind asbestbedingte Erkrankungen Folgen beruflicher Expositionen. Bis zu ihrem Auftreten liegen lange Latenzzeiten bis ueber 40 Jahre, sodass das Maximum noch nicht erreicht ist. Asbestverursachte Berufserkrankungen am Thorax sind die Asbestose und asbestverursachte benigne Pleuraerkrankungen sowie das maligne Pleuramesotheliom. Bronchialkarzinome koennen asbestverursacht sein. Zur Beweisfuehrung wird von der

  8. Asbestos-related x-ray changes in foundry workers.

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    Rosenman, K D; Reilly, M J

    1998-08-01

    Michigan has a statewide mandatory occupational disease reporting system. As part of that system, reports are received from hospital, physicians, death certificates, the worker's compensation bureau, and company medical departments. Based on this reporting, the State of Michigan has a special emphasis program for the surveillance of silicosis, a known disease outcome among foundry workers. From 1985-1996, 115 cases reported to the State Surveillance System as silicosis, pneumoconiosis not specified, or pulmonary fibrosis were reclassified as having asbestos related x-ray changes after a B-reader interpretation of each case's chest x-ray. During this same period there were an additional 697 reports confirmed as silicosis and 6,724 cases reported to the surveillance system as asbestosis. Among the 115 reports reclassified as having asbestos-related x-ray changes without evidence of silicosis-related x-ray changes, 54 had worked in foundries. Only 7 (14.8%) of these individuals had their primary work in maintenance in the foundry; 40 (85.1%) had their primary foundry work in a production job; and for 10 individuals the occupation was not known. Asbestos has been used in foundries on pipe laggings, boiler coverings, as insulation in fan housings, in gloves, aprons and curtains, as insulation in cupolas, and in ladles and insulation in sand molds. Clinicians caring for foundry workers need to be aware that asbestos-related x-ray changes are not uncommon in this population and asbestos exposure should be considered as one of the carcinogens contributing to the known increased risk of lung cancer among foundry workers. PMID:9651631

  9. Silicon: the health benefits of a metalloid.

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    Martin, Keith R

    2013-01-01

    Silicon is the second most abundant element in nature behind oxygen. As a metalloid, silicon has been used in many industrial applications including use as an additive in the food and beverage industry. As a result, humans come into contact with silicon through both environmental exposures but also as a dietary component. Moreover, many forms of silicon, that is, Si bound to oxygen, are water-soluble, absorbable, and potentially bioavailable to humans presumably with biological activity. However, the specific biochemical or physiological functions of silicon, if any, are largely unknown although generally thought to exist. As a result, there is growing interest in the potential therapeutic effects of water-soluble silica on human health. For example, silicon has been suggested to exhibit roles in the structural integrity of nails, hair, and skin, overall collagen synthesis, bone mineralization, and bone health and reduced metal accumulation in Alzheimer's disease, immune system health, and reduction of the risk for atherosclerosis. Although emerging research is promising, much additional, corroborative research is needed particularly regarding speciation of health-promoting forms of silicon and its relative bioavailability. Orthosilicic acid is the major form of bioavailable silicon whereas thin fibrous crystalline asbestos is a health hazard promoting asbestosis and significant impairment of lung function and increased cancer risk. It has been proposed that relatively insoluble forms of silica can also release small but meaningful quantities of silicon into biological compartments. For example, colloidal silicic acid, silica gel, and zeolites, although relatively insoluble in water, can increase concentrations of water-soluble silica and are thought to rely on specific structural physicochemical characteristics. Collectively, the food supply contributes enough silicon in the forms aforementioned that could be absorbed and significantly improve overall human health

  10. Pulmonary fibrosis in aluminum oxide workers. Investigation of nine workers, with pathologic examination and microanalysis in three of them

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    Epidemiologic surveys have indicated an excess of nonmalignant respiratory disease in workers exposed to aluminum oxide (Al2O3) during abrasives production. However, clinical, roentgenographic, histologic, and microanalytic description of these workers are lacking. This is a report of nine Al2O3-exposed workers with abnormal chest roentgenograms (profusion greater than or equal to 1/0, ILO/UC) from a plant engaged in the production of Al2O3 abrasives from alundum ore. Mean duration of exposure was 25 yr, and time since first exposure was 28 yr. in a subgroup of three, the severity of symptoms, reduction in the forced vital capacity (67% predicted) and diffusing capacity (51% predicted), and progressive roentgenographic changes (profusion greater than or equal to 2/2) prompted open lung biopsy. Lung tissue was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and electron microprobe analysis. In each of the three biopsies, interstitial fibrosis with honeycombing was seen on routine section. In one biopsy, silica and asbestos fiber counts were at the low end of the range seen with silicosis and asbestosis; however, the absence of asbestos bodies and silicotic nodules suggested that the fibrosis was due to another cause. Metals occurred in amounts several orders of magnitude above background, and the majority was aluminum as Al2O3 and aluminum alloys. The findings in these nine workers suggests a common exposure as the possible cause. The nonspecific pathologic findings, absence of asbestos bodies and silicotic nodules, and the striking number of aluminum-containing particles suggest that Al2O3 is that common exposure. The possibility of mixed dust fibrosis should also be considered

  11. A standardized CT/HRCT classification for occupational and environmental lung diseases of the German Federal Republic

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    High resolution computed tomography (HRCT) plays an indispensable role in the diagnosis of pneumoconiosis and other lung damage arising from inhalation. Till now, however, there has been no agreed standardized convention for the use of the technique, or for documenting results uniformly. A task-group on Diagnostic Radiology in Occupational and Environmental Diseases of the German Radiological Society has produced a coding sheet based on experience gained in production of consultants' clinical reports, experts' examinations of patients seeking compensation for occupational lung disease, and physicians' professional development courses. The coding sheet has been used in a national multicenter study. It has been further developed and tested by an international working group comprising experts from Belgium (P.A. Gevenois), Germany (K.G. Hering, T. Kraus, S. Tuengerthal), Finland (L. Kivisaari, T. Vehmas), France (M. Letourneux), Great Britain (M.D. Crane), Japan (H. Arikawa, Y. Kusaka, N. Suganuma), and the USA (J. Parker). The intention is to standardize documentation of computertomographic findings in occupationally and environmentally related lung and pleural changes, and to facilitate international comparisons of results. Such comparisons were found to be achievable reproducibly with the help of CT/HRCT reference films. The classification scheme is purely descriptive (rather than diagnostic), so that all aspects of occupationally and environmentally related parenchymal and pleural abnormalities may be recorded. Although some of the descriptive terms used are associated with pneumoconiosis (e.g., rounded opacities in silicosis, or, in asbestosis, interlobular septal and intralobular non-septal lines, as well as honeycombing) many overlapping patterns that need to be considered for differential diagnosis are also included in the scheme. (orig.)

  12. Pulmonary toxicity of carbon nanotubes and asbestos - similarities and differences.

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    Donaldson, Ken; Poland, Craig A; Murphy, Fiona A; MacFarlane, Marion; Chernova, Tatyana; Schinwald, Anja

    2013-12-01

    Carbon nanotubes are a valuable industrial product but there is potential for human pulmonary exposure during production and their fibrous shape raises the possibility that they may have effects like asbestos, which caused a worldwide pandemic of disease in the20th century that continues into present. CNT may exist as fibres or as more compact particles and the asbestos-type hazard only pertains to the fibrous forms of CNT. Exposure to asbestos causes asbestosis, bronchogenic carcinoma, mesothelioma, pleural fibrosis and pleural plaques indicating that both the lungs and the pleura are targets. The fibre pathogenicity paradigm was developed in the 1970s-80s and has a robust structure/toxicity relationship that enables the prediction of the pathogenicity of fibres depending on their length, thickness and biopersistence. Fibres that are sufficiently long and biopersistent and that deposit in the lungs can cause oxidative stress and inflammation. They may also translocate to the pleura where they can be retained depending on their length, and where they cause inflammation and oxidative stress in the pleural tissues. These pathobiological processes culminate in pathologic change - fibroplasia and neoplasia in the lungs and the pleura. There may also be direct genotoxic effects of fibres on epithelial cells and mesothelium, contributing to neoplasia. CNT show some of the properties of asbestos and other types of fibre in producing these types of effects and more research is needed. In terms of the molecular pathways involved in the interaction of long biopersistent fibres with target tissue the events leading to mesothelioma have been a particular area of interest. A variety of kinase pathways important in proliferation are activated by asbestos leading to pre-malignant states and investigations are under way to determine whether fibrous CNT also affects these molecular pathways. Current research suggests that fibrous CNT can elicit effects similar to asbestos but more

  13. Applications of aerosol inhalation cine-scintigraphy for, clinical investigations of mucociliary transport

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    Mucociliary transport and cough effect were studied in 10 healthy controls and 116 patients with respiratory diseases using aerosol inhalation cine-scintigraphy which permits visualization of the movement of inhaled aerosols. Additionally, the effectiveness of β-adrenergic stimulant on mucociliary transport was evaluated in 8 normal cases by this method. 1. In healthy controls, the aerosol-bolus moved to the cephalad side rapidly and smoothly in the main bronchus and the trachea, but in many cases of respiratory diseases, we recognized various abnormal patterns such as slow movement, spiral movement, regurgitation etc. We consider that the bolus movements can be used as an index of the mucociliary transport. 2. We found low grade abnormality of bolus movement in cases of atopic bronchial asthma, pulmonary emphysema, silicosis, interstitial pneumonia and asbestosis, but high grade abnormality in cases of bronchiectasis, pulmonary emphysema with chronic bronchitis, mixed or infectious bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and especially acute pulmonary infection and diffuse panbronchiolitis. Normal patterns were observed in atopic asthma patients in remission, but abnormal patterns in cases of attack. With larger daily volumes of sputum, the bolus movements showed higher greater abnormality. 3. Bolus movements by coughing were seen most frequently in patients who had produced moderate volumes of sputum and in whom the bolus had stopped at the first carina. Bolus movements by coughing were classified into three groups: expectoration, cephalad movement that stopped halfway, and regurgitation. When the bolus was in the trachea, especially located on the oral side, we observed that expectoration by coughing was more effective. Patients with obstructive pulmonary diseases had lower effciency of expectoration by coughing. 4. We confirmed that terbutaline (β-adrenergic stimulant) accelerated the mucociliary transport. (author)

  14. Occupational diseases in Poland — An overview of current trends

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    Neonila Szeszenia-Dąbrowska

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The number of occupational diseases (OD recorded in Poland in the 1990's rapidly increased, and the numer of recognized cases has steadily decreased until now. Hence, it was decided to demonstrate the trends of selected pathologies which in Poland are "underestimated" in comparison to other countries. The presented data may constitute a basis for further research into the dependence of OD on socio-economic factors. Materials and Methods: Occupational Disease Reporting Forms, completed and sent obligatorily by the state health inspectors to the Central Register of Occupational Diseases were used as source documents for analysis. This work analyzes changes in the incidence of chronic poisonings, asbestosis, voice organ diseases, cancers, viral hepatitis, asthma and the musculoskeletal disorders over the years 1998-2011. Results: In 1998, the total number of registered diseases reached the maximum - 12,017 cases, which fell in the subsequent years to 2,562 cases in 2011. During that period, the incidence rate decreased by 6 cases per year per 100,000 employees. A considerable decrease, exceeding 90% of cases, was observed in voice organ disorders, hearing loss, chronic poisonings and viral hepatitis. The abovementioned changes, as well as improved detection of asbestos-related diseases through implementing a medical examination program of former asbestos processing plant workers, are advantages of the current situation in the epidemiology of OD. However, the disadvantages include underestimation, in comparison to other countries, of asthma, cancer and pathologies of the musculoskeletal system. Conclusion: The reported data indicates the need to assess the occupational fraction of the underestimated pathologies present in the work environment in Poland, as well as the need for studies aimed at clarifying the effect of systemic factors on identifying their occupational background.

  15. Comparison of asbestos-associated respiratory disease by medical examination between shipyard retiree and workers of active service with asbestos exposure

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    We examined 407 shipyard workers with asbestos exposure (406 men and one woman; mean age, 60.4 years) for asbestos-associated respiratory disease using the multi-slice chest CT in addition to the regular examinations. After the examination, workers with suspicion of malignancy by the multi-slice CT, other examinations including biopsy were performed to make the final diagnosis. We divided these people into two groups as follows; retiree (133 cases, 132 men and one woman; mean age, 65.9 years) and workers of shipyard active service (274 cases, all men, mean age, 57.6 years). We compared the incidence of asbestos-associated respiratory disease, age, incubation time and work period at asbestos exposure in these two groups. 97 of 133 (72.9%) retired workers and 94 of 274 (34.4%) active service had asbestos-associated respiratory disease as follows: pleural plaque without calcification, 25 cases (18.8%) (retired) and 35 (12.8%) (active service); pleural plaque with calcification, 65 (48.7%) and 51 (18.6%); diffuse pleural thickening, 0 (0%) and 0 (0%); asbestosis, 5 (3.8%) and 6 (2.2%); lung cancer, 1 case (0.8%) and 2 cases (0.7%) and malignant pleural mesothelioma 1 case (0.8%) and none (0%). The rate of workers with total asbestos-associated respiratory disease in the retired group was significantly higher than that in active service (P<0.01). Especially pleural plaque with calcification were detected more in shipyard retired workers than active service workers. The incidence of pleural plaque is related to age and incubation time but not to work period at asbestos exposure. (author)

  16. CT characteristics of pleural plaques related to occupational or environmental asbestos exposure from South Korean asbestos mines

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    This study evaluated the CT characteristics of pleural plaques in asbestos-exposed individuals and compared occupational versus environmental exposure groups. This study enrolled 181 subjects with occupational exposure and 98 with environmental exposure from chrysotile asbestos mines, who had pleural plaques confirmed by a chest CT. The CT scans were analyzed for morphological characteristics, the number and distribution of pleural plaques and combined pulmonary fibrosis. Furthermore, the CT findings were compared between the occupational and environmental exposure groups. Concerning the 279 subjects, the pleural plaques were single in 2.2% and unilateral in 3.6%, and showed variable widths (range, 1-20 mm; mean, 5.4 ± 2.7 mm) and lengths (5-310 mm; 72.6 ± 54.8 mm). The chest wall was the most commonly involved (98.6%), with an upper predominance on the ventral side (upper, 77.8% vs. lower, 55.9%, p < 0.001) and a lower predominance on the dorsal side (upper, 74.9% vs. lower, 91.8%, p = 0.02). Diaphragmatic involvement (78.1%) showed a right-side predominance (right, 73.8% vs. left, 55.6%, p < 0.001), whereas mediastinal plaques (42.7%) were more frequent on the left (right, 17.6% vs. left, 39.4%, p < 0.001). The extent and maximum length of plaques, and presence and severity of combined asbestosis, were significantly higher in the occupational exposure group (p < 0.05). Pleural plaques in asbestos-exposed individuals are variable in number and size; and show a predominant distribution in the upper ventral and lower dorsal chest walls, right diaphragm, and left mediastinum. Asbestos mine workers have a higher extent of plaques and pulmonary fibrosis versus environmentally exposed individuals

  17. 国产X射线衍射仪在婴儿爽身粉石棉检测的应用%Application of Domestic X-Ray Diffraction Instrument in Detecting Asbestos of Baby Toilet Powder

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    由健; 刘成雁

    2013-01-01

    化妆品级滑石粉是各种润肤粉、美容粉、婴儿爽身粉等化妆品中常用辅料.在生产滑石粉的矿物中常常含有伴生矿物石棉.石棉纤维对人体危害很大,长期吸入能引起石棉肺、肺癌、胸膜间皮瘤等疾病.采用国产X射线衍射(XRD)-偏光显微镜(PLM)法检测婴儿爽身粉中石棉.该方法可以有效检测婴儿爽身粉中有害矿物石棉.克服单独使用某一种检测手段的不足及片面性,实现快速准确的鉴定粉类化妆品中微量石棉.%Talc powder for cosmetic is the most useful excipient in moisturizing powder,after shave powder and baby powder.There is some asbestos in the production of talc powder mineral.Asbestos fiber does great harm to human body,which can cause disease such as lung cancer,pleural mesothelioma and asbestosis for long-term inhalation.The combined application of domestic X-ray diffraction (XRD) and polarizing microscope (PLM) is rapid and accurate,which can effectively detect the asbestos minerals in baby powder and conquer the lack of one-side in single detection.

  18. Predicting the mortality from asbestos-related diseases based on the amount of asbestos used and the effects of slate buildings in Korea.

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    Kim, Su-Young; Kim, Young-Chan; Kim, Yongku; Hong, Won-Hwa

    2016-01-15

    Asbestos has been used since ancient times, owing to its heat-resistant, rot-proof, and insulating qualities, and its usage rapidly increased after the industrial revolution. In Korea, all slates were previously manufactured in a mixture of about 90% cement and 10% chrysotile (white asbestos). This study used a Generalized Poisson regression (GPR) model after creating databases of the mortality from asbestos-related diseases and of the amount of asbestos used in Korea as a means to predict the future mortality of asbestos-related diseases and mesothelioma in Korea. Moreover, to predict the future mortality according to the effects of slate buildings, a comparative analysis based on the result of the GPR model was conducted after creating databases of the amount of asbestos used in Korea and of the amount of asbestos used in making slates. We predicted the mortality from asbestos-related diseases by year, from 2014 to 2036, according to the amount of asbestos used. As a result, it was predicted that a total of 1942 people (maximum, 3476) will die by 2036. Moreover, based on the comparative analysis according to the influence index, it was predicted that a maximum of 555 people will die from asbestos-related diseases by 2031 as a result of the effects of asbestos-containing slate buildings, and the mortality was predicted to peak in 2021, with 53 cases. Although mesothelioma and pulmonary asbestosis were considered as asbestos-related diseases, these are not the only two diseases caused by asbestos. However the results of this study are highly important and relevant, as, for the first time in Korea, the future mortality from asbestos-related diseases was predicted. These findings are expected to contribute greatly to the Korean government's policies related to the compensation for asbestos victims. PMID:26513124

  19. An Overview of the Health Hazards Due to Toxic Exposure in the Indian Work Environment

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    S. S. Ramaswamy

    1987-04-01

    Full Text Available Since independence, there has been a phenomenal growth in the chemical industry, the number of units rising from 98 in 1947 to 964 in 1953 and 4364 in 1976. With the national demands ever growing, this trend of growth in chemical industry will continue in future also. The chemical units handle numerous toxic chemicals such as asbestos, benzene, carbon disulphide, carcinogenic dye intermediates, lead, manganese, organophosphorus pesticides, phosgene, vinyl chloride etc.Being aware of the potential health hazards arising out of exposure to these toxic chemicals necessary safeguards against health hazards have been incorporated in the Factories Act 1948.With nearly 100,000 tonnes of asbestos, over 100,000 tonnes of benzene, and considerably large quantities of other toxic chemicals being handled in the country, understandably, the random studies and surveys by research agencies have revealed the incidence of definite        asbestosis (7 per cent, benzene intoxication in alkaloid extraction units ( 44.8 per cent, lead poisoning in storage battery units (10.6 per cent, carbon disulphide poisoning in viscose rayon units (20 per cent, mercury poisoning and intoxication in chloroalkali units (22.7 per cent, manganese poisoning in ferromanganese units (24 per cent, silicosis among slate pencil workers (54.7 per cent etc.Albeit such a condition, the cases documented in official reports are very few. Even the scattered studies by research institution in occupational health cannot be pooled to evolve a national picture, since, quite often there is no standardised approach in the studies undertaken by different institutions.After discussing the findings of studies on various toxic chemicals and substances, the paper enumerates the present deficiencies in the current studies and suggest steps for obtaining comprehensive information on health hazards.

  20. Bilateral environmental and occupational health program with India.

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    Allred, Mike; Campolucci, Sharon; Falk, Henry; Ganguly, N K; Saiyed, H N; Shah, Bela

    2003-08-01

    In spite of considerable economic progress in recent years, India continues to face challenges dealing with poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, disease and disability. The governments of India and the United States have formed a collaborative effort to address outstanding issues in the fields of environmental and occupational health. The Joint Statement on Indo-U.S. Collaboration in Environmental and Occupational Health, which was approved by the Minister of the Indian Union of Health and Family Welfare and the Secretary of Health and Human Services of the United State in Geneva in May of 2002, formalizes the collaborative relationship and calls for the development of Implementation Guidelines. The Implementation Guidelines establish a Joint Working Group, which is responsible for identifying and implementing the collaborative projects. The collaborating organizations have identified three broad areas for collaboration: emergency preparedness and response; training, education, and technology transfer; and research. Within the three broad areas, the organizations have identified two subject areas for initiation: arsenicosis and asbestosis. Researchers and health officials in both India and the U.S. share interest in both research and interventions efforts in these subject areas. As many as 42 million people in the West Bengal area of India may be exposed to arsenic in drinking water at concentrations of health concern. Similarly, as many as 10 million industrial or mine workers in India may be exposed to asbestos or other dusts at concentrations of health concern. The first Joint Working Group meeting is scheduled for March 2003 in New Delhi and will consider these subject areas in developing collaborative projects. Other tasks being undertaken by the signatory agencies include expanding the relationship to include academic and nongovernmental organizations and obtaining funds for the various projects from governmental and nongovernmental sources.

  1. Outras pneumoconioses Other pneumoconioses

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    Eduardo Mello de Capitani

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available As pneumoconioses mais prevalentes são a silicose, a asbestose e a pneumoconiose do trabalhador do carvão. Outras pneumoconioses com repercussões clínicas, funcionais e estruturais distintas são causadas pela inalação de poeiras metálicas a partir de fumos metálicos e sais orgânicos. A distinção quanto à forma química do composto inalado tem relação com a reação tecidual e o prognóstico. São apresentadas de forma sucinta a pneumoconiose simples, a siderose, a pneumoconiose por rocha fosfática, e a doença pulmonar crônica pelo berílio e por exposição a metais duros. Uma anamnese ocupacional como instrumento de busca etiológica dessas pneumoconioses é essencial.The most prevalent pneumoconioses are silicosis, asbestosis and coal worker's pneumoconiosis. Other pneumoconioses that have distinct clinical, functional and structural repercussions are caused by inhalation of metal powder in fumes from metals or organic salts. The distinction in terms of the chemical form of the inhaled compound is related to the tissue reaction and to the prognosis. Simple pneumoconiosis, siderosis, berylliosis and phosphate rock-related pneumoconiosis, as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused by exposure to heavy metals, are succinctly discussed. As an instrument of etiologic investigation of these pneumoconioses, the taking of occupational histories is essential.

  2. Fibre-type dusts - sources and effects; Faserige Staeube - Vorkommen und Wirkungen

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    Muhle, H. [Fraunhofer-Inst. fuer Toxikologie und Aerosolforschung, Hannover (Germany)

    1991-07-01

    The Federal Environmental Protection Agency of Germany reports that annual consumption of asbestos had peaked at about 180.000 t in the seventies. Major dust concentration levels ocurred above all in the asbestos-processing industries. However, dust levels were measured rather sporadically since the importance of dust control had been ignored for a long time. The long latency period between exposure to asbestos and resulting injuries had, in effect, very much delayed any realization of the true extent of health impairment. Although lung cancer as a concomitant of asbestosis had been included in the list of vocational diseases since 1943, the long-shaped form of asbestos particles had not been identified conclusively as the cancerogenic agent until 1972. The author gives a brief summary to help orientation in this difficult field. (orig./VHE) [Deutsch] Bis Ende der siebziger Jahre fand Asbest eine weite Anwendung. Nach Informationen des Umweltbundesamtes lag der hoechste Verbrauch von Asbest in den Siebziger Jahren bei etwa 180.000 t/Jahr. Vor allem in der asbestverarbeitenden Industrie traten erhebliche Staubkonzentrationen auf. Staubmessungen wurden jedoch nur sporadisch durchgefuehrt, weil die Bedeutung einer Staubminderung lange Zeit verkannte wurde. Wegen der langen Latenzzeit zwischen Asbestexposition und den dadurch verursachten Schadwirkungen ergeben sich erst sehr spaet Hinweise auf das ganze Ausmass der Gesundheitsschaeden. Obwohl Lungenkrebs bei Asbestose bereits seit 1943 in die Liste der Berufskrankheiten aufgenommen wurde, klaerte sich erst 1972, dass die langgestreckte Form von Asbestpartikeln das krebserzeugende Agens darstellt. Inzwischen ist durch eine intensive Aufklaerung der Bevoelkerung die krebserzeugende Wirkung von Asbest allgemein bekannt. Bei der Einschaetzung der Risikohoehe bestehen bei vielen Buergern jodoch nur unklare Vorstellungen. Die vorliegende kurze Zusammenfassung soll eine Orientierungshilfe auf diesem schwierigen Gebiet sein

  3. Predicting the mortality from asbestos-related diseases based on the amount of asbestos used and the effects of slate buildings in Korea.

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    Kim, Su-Young; Kim, Young-Chan; Kim, Yongku; Hong, Won-Hwa

    2016-01-15

    Asbestos has been used since ancient times, owing to its heat-resistant, rot-proof, and insulating qualities, and its usage rapidly increased after the industrial revolution. In Korea, all slates were previously manufactured in a mixture of about 90% cement and 10% chrysotile (white asbestos). This study used a Generalized Poisson regression (GPR) model after creating databases of the mortality from asbestos-related diseases and of the amount of asbestos used in Korea as a means to predict the future mortality of asbestos-related diseases and mesothelioma in Korea. Moreover, to predict the future mortality according to the effects of slate buildings, a comparative analysis based on the result of the GPR model was conducted after creating databases of the amount of asbestos used in Korea and of the amount of asbestos used in making slates. We predicted the mortality from asbestos-related diseases by year, from 2014 to 2036, according to the amount of asbestos used. As a result, it was predicted that a total of 1942 people (maximum, 3476) will die by 2036. Moreover, based on the comparative analysis according to the influence index, it was predicted that a maximum of 555 people will die from asbestos-related diseases by 2031 as a result of the effects of asbestos-containing slate buildings, and the mortality was predicted to peak in 2021, with 53 cases. Although mesothelioma and pulmonary asbestosis were considered as asbestos-related diseases, these are not the only two diseases caused by asbestos. However the results of this study are highly important and relevant, as, for the first time in Korea, the future mortality from asbestos-related diseases was predicted. These findings are expected to contribute greatly to the Korean government's policies related to the compensation for asbestos victims.

  4. Respiratory impairment due to asbestos exposure in brake-lining workers

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    There is extensive evidence that exposure to asbestos causes pulmonary parenchyma fibrosis, pleural disease, and malignant neoplasm in asbestos-exposed workers. However, few data concerning brake-lining workers are available in the literature. In this study, we aimed to assess the long-term effects of chrysotile asbestos exposure on lung function and the risk of asbestos-related diseases in brake-lining workers. Seventy-four asbestos-exposed workers who processed brake-lining products and 12 unexposed office workers were offered pulmonary function tests (spirometry and transfer actor) in 1992 and 1999. In 1999, the mean duration of asbestos exposure was 0.00±4.07 and 11.02±4.81 years (7-31 years) in non smoking and smoking asbestos workers, respectively. Transfer factor (TL, CO) and transfer coefficient (KCO) decline were significant in the 7-year follow-up in both smoking and non smoking asbestos workers. However, lung function indices of he control group, whom were all current smokers; were also found to be decreased, including FEF75, TL, CO and KCO. We found minimal reticular changes in 10 asbestos workers who were all current smokers, they underwent high-resolution computed tomography scans of the chest and we found that they ad peri bronchial thickening resulting from smoking. As a conclusion, even in the absence of radiographic asbestosis, TL, CO and KCO may decrease after mean 10-year duration of exposure to asbestos in brake-lining workers and this is more noticeable with cigarette burden

  5. Osteopontin Modulates Inflammation, Mucin Production, and Gene Expression Signatures After Inhalation of Asbestos in a Murine Model of Fibrosis

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    Sabo-Attwood, Tara; Ramos-Nino, Maria E.; Eugenia-Ariza, Maria; MacPherson, Maximilian B.; Butnor, Kelly J.; Vacek, Pamela C.; McGee, Sean P.; Clark, Jessica C.; Steele, Chad; Mossman, Brooke T.

    2011-01-01

    Inflammation and lung remodeling are hallmarks of asbestos-induced fibrosis, but the molecular mechanisms that control these events are unclear. Using laser capture microdissection (LCM) of distal bronchioles in a murine asbestos inhalation model, we show that osteopontin (OPN) is up-regulated by bronchiolar epithelial cells after chrysotile asbestos exposures. In contrast to OPN wild-type mice (OPN+/+) inhaling asbestos, OPN null mice (OPN−/−) exposed to asbestos showed less eosinophilia in bronchoalveolar lavage fluids, diminished lung inflammation, and decreased mucin production. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid concentrations of inflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-4, IL-6, IL-12 subunit p40, MIP1α, MIP1β, and eotaxin) also were significantly less in asbestos-exposed OPN−/− mice. Microarrays performed on lung tissues from asbestos-exposed OPN+/+ and OPN−/− mice showed that OPN modulated the expression of a number of genes (Col1a2, Timp1, Tnc, Eln, and Col3a1) linked to fibrosis via initiation and cross talk between IL-1β and epidermal growth factor receptor-related signaling pathways. Novel targets of OPN identified include genes involved in cell signaling, immune system/defense, extracellular matrix remodeling, and cell cycle regulation. Although it is unclear whether the present findings are specific to chrysotile asbestos or would be observed after inhalation of other fibers in general, these results highlight new potential mechanisms and therapeutic targets for asbestosis and other diseases (asthma, smoking-related interstitial lung diseases) linked to OPN overexpression. PMID:21514415

  6. CT characteristics of pleural plaques related to occupational or environmental asbestos exposure from South Korean asbestos mines

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    Kim, Yoo Kyung [Dept. of Radiology, School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Myong, Jun Pyo [Dept. of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jeong Kyong [Dept. of Radiology, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Goyang (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yoon Kyung [Dept. of Radiology, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Soon Hee [Dept. of Pathology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    This study evaluated the CT characteristics of pleural plaques in asbestos-exposed individuals and compared occupational versus environmental exposure groups. This study enrolled 181 subjects with occupational exposure and 98 with environmental exposure from chrysotile asbestos mines, who had pleural plaques confirmed by a chest CT. The CT scans were analyzed for morphological characteristics, the number and distribution of pleural plaques and combined pulmonary fibrosis. Furthermore, the CT findings were compared between the occupational and environmental exposure groups. Concerning the 279 subjects, the pleural plaques were single in 2.2% and unilateral in 3.6%, and showed variable widths (range, 1-20 mm; mean, 5.4 ± 2.7 mm) and lengths (5-310 mm; 72.6 ± 54.8 mm). The chest wall was the most commonly involved (98.6%), with an upper predominance on the ventral side (upper, 77.8% vs. lower, 55.9%, p < 0.001) and a lower predominance on the dorsal side (upper, 74.9% vs. lower, 91.8%, p = 0.02). Diaphragmatic involvement (78.1%) showed a right-side predominance (right, 73.8% vs. left, 55.6%, p < 0.001), whereas mediastinal plaques (42.7%) were more frequent on the left (right, 17.6% vs. left, 39.4%, p < 0.001). The extent and maximum length of plaques, and presence and severity of combined asbestosis, were significantly higher in the occupational exposure group (p < 0.05). Pleural plaques in asbestos-exposed individuals are variable in number and size; and show a predominant distribution in the upper ventral and lower dorsal chest walls, right diaphragm, and left mediastinum. Asbestos mine workers have a higher extent of plaques and pulmonary fibrosis versus environmentally exposed individuals.

  7. Silicosis among foundry workers. Implication for the need to revise the OSHA standard.

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    Rosenman, K D; Reilly, M J; Rice, C; Hertzberg, V; Tseng, C Y; Anderson, H A

    1996-11-01

    To evaluate the risk of pneumoconiosis among workers in a Midwestern automotive foundry, medical records and silica sand exposure data were analyzed for 1,072 current and retired employees with at least 5 years of employment as of June 1991. Approximately half of these employees had worked at the foundry for 20 or more years. Sixty workers were found to have radiographic evidence of pneumoconiosis. Twenty-eight workers had radiographs consistent with silicosis, of which 25 were consistent with simple silicosis and three with progressive massive fibrosis. The prevalence of radiographic changes consistent with silicosis increased with: number of years worked at the foundry (6% for 20-29 years and 12% for 30 or more years); cigarette smoking (12.2% among smokers with high silica exposure vs. 4.4% among never smokers with high silica exposure); work area within the foundry (cleaning room, core room, mold area, core knockout); and quantitative silica exposure (0.3-2.7% of workers at the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard and 4.9-9.9% of workers above the OSHA standard). In addition, the odds of developing radiographic changes consistent with silicosis were increased for African Americans (odds ratio = 2.14, 95% confidence interval 0.85-5.60) in comparison with whites. (The risk was similar when silica exposure was equal, but African-American workers on average had greater exposure to silica, despite having a similar duration of work as white workers.) Another eight workers had radiographic evidence of asbestosis, and 24 had pleural plaques. These asbestos-related changes were not associated with increasing exposure to silica but rather were associated with being in the maintenance department and performing repair work. After controlling for cigarette smoking, race, and exposure to silica at another job besides the foundry, the authors found a 1.45 increased risk of developing a radiograph consistent with silicosis after 20 years of

  8. Evaluation for asbestos exposure in lung cancer surgery cases. Relationships between asbestos body count and pleural plaques and between asbestos body count and pulmonary fibrosis

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    This study was designed to examine the significance of pleural plaques and pulmonary fibrosis in the evaluation of asbestos exposure level. The subjects were patients who had undergone surgery for lung cancer. There were 64 patients who had pleural plaques based on surgical findings (pleural plaque group) and 9 patients who had neither a history of asbestos exposure nor pleural plaque (control group). An examination was performed regarding the extent of pleural plaques and the presence or absence of pulmonary fibrosis. The relationships between these findings and the asbestos body count in the resected lung were investigated. If chest CT showed no pleural plaque, the case was classified as class 0. If chest CT showed pleural plaques, the CT slice with the most extensive pleural plaque in either side was selected. If the plaque extended to less than one quarter of the inner chest wall, the case was classified as class 1. If the extent was one quarter or more, the case was classified as class 2. The cases were considered to have pulmonary fibrosis if the fibrotic findings were equivalent to those of asbestosis of type 1 or more by chest X-ray photography (XP) and if fibrosis was observed in CT. All other cases were considered not to have pulmonary fibrosis. The median asbestos body counts were 1,018 bodies per gram of dried lung in the pleural plaque group and 263 per gram of dried lung in the control group. There was a statistically significant difference between these groups (p=0.0034). There were 25 patients with class 0 pleural plaque, 17 patients with class 1, and 22 patients with class 2. Their median asbestos body counts were 612, 439, and 5,626 bodies, respectively. All class 0 or 1 patients had an asbestos body count of less than 5,000 bodies. There was no significant difference in the counts between patients with class 0 and 1. All class 2 patients had an asbestos body count of 1,000 bodies or more. The count of class 2 patients was significantly higher

  9. Exposure to asbestos and levels of selected tumor biomarkers

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    Occupational exposure to asbestos, a recognised carcinogen, poses a risk for such diseases as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. It is thought that asbestos fibres may damage microphages which undergo neoplastic transformation as well as fibroblast, while partial phagocytosis may generate free oxygenic radicals which induce cellular peroxidase and damage macromolecules. Neoplastic biomarkers such as tissue polypeptide antigen (TPA) or carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) are now used for this purpose. The aim of the work was to identify workers exposed to asbestos in the population, especially high risk groups neoplastic diseases and to evaluate the usefulness of TPA and CEA determinations. The study covered a group of asbestos exposed workers (n = 4000 and the control group of workers (n = 135) nonexposed to any toxic factor at work. Age, exposure time, smoking habits and workpost characteristics were taken into consideration in the analysis of the results. It was revealed that in 38 persons exposed to asbestos, TPA values were above the concentration limit set on the basis of studies carried out in the control group, and elevated CEA values applied to 13 persons. Significant differences between groups under study were found in the proportion of pathological TPA values. Such a relationship was not observed in regard to CEA values. In the exposed group the results also indicated an evident effect of age and exposure time on the number of persons with TPA values above concentration limit. The effect of smoking on the frequency of pathological TPA values was also clear-cut in workers exposed to asbestos. Taking into account three types of employment, the analysis indicated significant differences in TPA values between blue collar workers and other personnel; and between white collar workers and other personnel. This means a similar percentage of pathological TPA values in the group of blue collar and white collar workers. The study carried out allowed to identify

  10. Review of Control Laws and Detection Methods for Asbestos%石棉控制法规及其检测方法

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    鲍俊; 王全林

    2011-01-01

    介绍了石棉的特性、危害,以及在建筑、纺织、设备制造业和国防工业等方面的应用情况.讨论了能够导致石棉肺、恶性间皮瘤、肺癌、支气管癌等恶性疾病的石棉纤维形态及进入人体的途径.对世界卫生组织、国际劳工组织、联合国环境规划署、联合国粮食及农业组织和世界贸易组织,以及美国、欧盟、日本、中国等40多个国家关于石棉控制法规的实施历程及现状进行了分析;同时对空气、饮用水、建筑材料和制品等实际样品中石棉的检测方法及标准化研究动态进行了评述.引用标准及学术文献91篇.%The characteristics of asbestos and its applications in the building, textile, equipment manufacturing and national defense industries are introduced in this paper. The shape and size of asbestos fiber which result in asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and bronchial tube cancer, and the pathways into the human body are discussed. The control laws for asbestos around the world, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) , the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and more than 40 countries, are also discussed. Developments of detection methods of asbestos in the air, drinking water and building materials are reviewed using 91 publications as reference material. This information is valuable for environmental protection from asbestos.

  11. Talcose entre artesãos em pedra-sabão em uma localidade rural do Município de Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brasil Talc pneumoconiosis among soapstone handicraft workers in a rural area of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    12 adult workers. Chest x-rays showed evidence of small lung opacities in 5 workers, and in 11 there was suspicion of the same opacities. One worker showed a plaque-shaped pleural thickening. Seven workers showed abnormal spirometry. The soapstone dust composition showed breathable asbestos fibers from the amphibole group (tremolite-actinolite. The results suggest talc asbestosis occurrence among soapstone handicraft workers.

  12. Siderophores, the answer for micro to nanosized asbestos fibre related health hazard

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    2016-04-01

    Recent studies on the potential toxicity of High Aspect Ratio Nanoparticles (HARN) has yet once again reinforced the health hazard imposed by asbestos fibres ranging from nano to micro size. Asbestos a naturally occurring fibrous mineral declared a Group I definite carcinogen by IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), a unit of WHO in the year 1987, has been extensively used since World War II to the near past for various commercial products. According to the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, asbestos-related diseases, resulting from exposure at workplace claims more than 107000 lives every year worldwide. The various types of toxic effects induced by asbestos in humans include - i) inflammation and fibrogenesis of lung, ii) mesothelioma iii) asbestosis and iv) bronchogenic carcinoma. The stability of asbestos in natural environment and its biological aggressiveness is related to their fibrous structure and dimensions. The actual risk associated with the exposure to nanosized asbestos, which is still unknown and escapes most regulations worldwide, has been shown in various toxicity assessment studies conducted on various animal models.In an effort to reduce the size of asbestos and therby its toxicity by limiting its biopersistence, oxalic acid treatment of asbestos coupled to power ultrasound treatment was carried out. The nanosized particles formed were still found to retain their hazardous effect. Similar were the results obtained on strong acid treatment of asbestos as well. A probable solution to the asbestos toxicity problem therefore envisaged was bioremediation. This involved the secretion of iron chelating molecules termed siderophores by microbes, which are of significance due to their ability to form very stable and soluble complexes with iron. Iron in asbestos composition is a major factor responsible for its carcinogenicity, removal or extraction of which would prove to be an effective answer to the worldwide problem

  13. [Wonder matter and assassin. The perception of the asbestos danger as a mirror of the time 1930-1990].

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    2005-01-01

    In the seventies and eighties of the twentieth century the ideas of the dangers concerning the use of asbestos changed dramatically. The mineral, which had, more than half a century before been introduced in the Netherlands as a miraculous mineral, was completely banned from use. Asbestos became known as a 'silent killer' and 'the blue sand of death', and as a symbol of the hidden hazards of a deteriorating environment caused by unscrupulous companies and indolent authorities. Asbestos seems to fit perfectly into the ubiquitous hazards which Ulrich Beck defines in his concept of the 'risk society' as the dangerous side effects of industrial production. Yet the perception of the risk associated with asbestos depended more on socio-cultural characteristics than on scientifically risk assessments. In the first half of the twentieth century the use of asbestos was limited and therefore did not cause any concern. Economic crisis and war silenced the first alarming signals of asbestos related disease from foreign experts and a handful of Dutch physicians. The asbestos workers themselves were held responsible for their own health and safety. In the 1951 asbestosis became recognised as an industrial disease. Preventive measures with regard to the industrial use of asbestos were prescribed by law. Workers shared the responsibilities for a safe use with employers and authorities. However, during this period, all the attention was directed towards economic growth. Supervision by the labour inspection was scarce and workers and employers were not very interested in upholding the safety measures. Among asbestos workers the use of protective clothes and dust masks was generally seen as unmanly. In the sixties the foreign literature on the connection between the exposure to asbestos and the occurrence of lung cancer and mesothelioma became known among Dutch specialists. The results of these studies were confirmed by research among Dutch insulation workers. At the same time the

  14. The use of a task-based exposure assessment model (T-BEAM) for assessment of metal fume exposures during welding and thermal cutting.

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    Susi, P; Goldberg, M; Barnes, P; Stafford, E

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    Elevated disease rates have been documented among construction workers for cancer, pneumonoconiosis, asbestosis, and silicosis. However, methodologies for exposure assessment in construction are not well described in the U.S. literature. Working through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Center to Protect Workers' Rights--a research arm of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO--has developed and used a "Task-Based Exposure Assessment Model (T-BEAM)" for construction. The characteristic elements of T-BEAM are: (1) an emphasis on the identification, implementation, and evaluation of engineering and work practice controls; and (2) use of experienced, specially trained construction workers (construction safety and health specialists) in the exposure assessment process. A task-based approach was used because tasks, or specialized skills, form the single greatest thread of continuity in the dynamic environment of construction. Workers in the construction industry come from several crafts and are typically employed by a large number of contractors throughout their career. Project types (e.g., residential or industrial rehabilitation) are also highly variable and present unique health risks. Finally, because construction involves building, renovating, or dismantling physical surroundings, the work site is constantly changing. Between 1995 and 1996, T-BEAM was applied to the collection of approximately 200 personal exposure measurements associated with "hot work tasks"--welding and thermal cutting. Data were collected with the assistance of specially trained, journeyman ironworkers, pipe fitters, and boilermakers on nine construction sites located throughout the United States. Portable local exhaust ventilation was provided to participating contractors with the intent of measuring its impact on exposure. Results indicate that data collected in a standardized, systematic fashion from multiple

  15. Registro de enfermedades respiratorias de origen laboral en Navarra Registry of occupational respiratory diseases in Navarre

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    Full Text Available Fundamento. Con objeto de analizar la incidencia y características de la patología respiratoria ocupacional en Navarra, se implantó en enero de 2002 el Registro de Enfermedades Respiratorias de Origen Laboral. Métodos. Los casos notificados por los médicos colaboradores durante los años 2002, 2003 y 2004, se introdujeron en una base de datos diseñada para su análisis posterior, que constaba de distintas variables: sexo, edad, tabaco, servicio y médico declarante, diagnóstico, profesión y agente causal. Resultados. Se notificaron 125 casos. 97 varones (77,6% y 28 mujeres (22,4%. La media de edad fue 55,4 años. Ochenta y ocho pacientes no fumaban (70,4% y 37 eran fumadores (29,6%. Neumología declaró 84 casos (67,2% y Alergología 41 (32,8%. Los diagnósticos fueron: 50 casos de asma bronquial (40%, 31 de enfermedad pleural benigna (24,8%, 8 alveolitis alérgica extrínseca (6,4%, 8 mesotelioma (6,4%, 7 cáncer broncopulmonar (5,6%, 5 inhalaciones agudas (4%, 3 asbestosis (2,4%, 2 rinitis (1,6%, 1 RADS (0,8% y 1 EPOC (0,8%. Las profesiones más declaradas: 13 pintura/barnizado (10,4%, 12 hilado de ovillos de amianto (9,6% y 8 panadería/pastelería (6,4%. Como agentes causales principales: 49 casos de asbesto (39,2%, 15 isocianatos (12% y 8 sílice (6,4%. Conclusiones. La patología más frecuente fue el asma bronquial, seguida de la enfermedad pleural benigna. La profesión más notificada era pintura/barnizado y en segundo lugar hilado de ovillos. El asbesto fue la primera sustancia implicada seguida de los isocianatos. La mayoría de pacientes eran varones y no fumadores. El Servicio de Neumología del Hospital Virgen del Camino notificó el mayor número de casos. El análisis de contraste de proporciones mostró cierta tendencia a la significación en rinitis, asma bronquial y asbestosis.Background. In January 2002 an occupational respiratory diseases record was established in Navarre so that the number and characteristics of the

  16. Measurement of Regional and Global Pulmonary Clearance of 99mTc-DTPA (Demethylamitriptylene-Acetate): An Index of Alveolar Epithelial Permeability

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    normals reported by many authors. Standardizing the procedures and establishing the normal range we started to use already proven method in different groups of subjects exposed to harmful agents supposed that alter epithelial integrity. Increased lung clearance of inhaled aerosols were obtained in non-symptomatic smokers, asbestosis suffering patients, and in non-smokers exposed to asbestos with normal lung ventilation studies. Faster clearance was also found in the patients with chronic renal failure on regular haemodialysis program using bio incompatible membrane, longer than 5 years. At the same time normal values were obtained in the group on short term haemodialysis. Abnormal clearance rate was shown in patients with malignant disease, exposed to external and internal lung radiation, and in subjects on long term amiodarone treatment, as well. In patients with cardiac heart failure and lung edema, and first stage of sarcoidosis, lung clearance was normal. It remains now as further challenge comparison of there values with some other investigations, expectantly it would contribute in elucidation of different mechanisms in pulmonary pathology. Assessment of 99mTc-DTPA lung clearance is a very attractive method, non-invasive, cheap, and widely available. Until now there is no an other alternative procedure that would be able to give us more information about epithelial permeability. (Author)

  17. Occupational Health Survey and Evaluation on Machine Spinning Asbestos in Yuyao%余姚市机纺石棉企业职业卫生现状调查与评价

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    苗超; 邵迪初; 胡向前; 叶虹

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    [Objective] To understand the occupational health status and the impact on the health of workers in machine spinning asbestos, and to provide scientific basis for prevention and control of relative occupational diseases. [ Methods ] A total of 8 enterprises were investigated. The occupational health survey included detection and evaluation of asbestos dust concentrations, as well as occupational health inspection of 183 workers exposed to asbestos. [ Results ] The asbestos dust concentrations were higher than the national standard except 2 points qualified in 25 monitoring points. 3 workers were diagnosed as suspected asbestosis, 9 were observed objects and 37 were abnormal lung markings among the 183 workers. Each selected enterprise installed a mechanical ventilation/dust removal system and 2 to 4 spray devices. Each worker received two sets of working clothes and a dust mask per month. [ Conclusion ] Occupational hazards and severe health effects are found in machine spinning asbestos industry. Current personal protective equipment and protection facilities are imperfect. Health supervision of asbestos spinning enterprises should be strengthened, in order to improve the working environment and protect workers' occupational health in future.%[目的]了解余姚市机纺石棉企业作业场所职业卫生现状及该作业环境对作业工人健康的影响,为机纺石棉企业职业病防制提供科学依据.[方法]对余姚市8家机纺石棉企业进行职业卫生现状调查、石棉尘浓度检测和评价、183名作业工人职业健康检查.[结果]石棉尘浓度超标、25个监测点仅2点合格;183名作业工人中检出3名疑似石棉肺患者,9名观察对象及37名肺纹理异常者;每一企业设一套机械通风除尘装置及2~4个水雾喷淋装置,企业为每名工人发两套工作服和每月一副防尘口罩.[结论]机纺石棉企业职业危害和对工人健康影响是严重的,防护设施和个人防护用品

  18. Pneumoconiose reumatoide (síndrome de Caplan com apresentação clássica Rheumatoid pneumoconiosis (Caplan's syndrome with a classical presentation

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    Full Text Available Apesar de rara, a pneumoconiose reumatoide, também chamada de síndrome de Caplan, pode ser diagnosticada entre trabalhadores expostos à sílica e entre pacientes com silicose, pneumoconiose dos mineiros de carvão e asbestose. A maior prevalência ocorre entre os silicóticos, apesar de ter sido descrita inicialmente em mineiros de carvão com pneumoconiose. O achado que define o tipo clássico da síndrome é a presença de nódulos reumatoides nos pulmões, independente da presença ou não de pequenas opacidades pneumoconióticas, ou de grandes opacidades de fibrose pulmonar maciça, associada ou não a um quadro de artrite reumatoide em atividade. Relatamos o caso de uma mulher com quadro de artrite reumatoide, diagnosticada 34 anos após exposição à sílica livre em uma indústria de porcelana por 7 anos, apresentando radiograma de tórax com opacidades arredondadas de 1 a 5 cm de diâmetro, distribuídas na periferia de ambos os pulmões. A biópsia transtorácica guiada por TC de um dos nódulos revelou tratar-se de nódulo reumatoide com macrófagos em paliçada, típico da síndrome de Caplan. São discutidos aspectos de diagnóstico da síndrome, classificação e ocorrência, ressaltando a importância da anamnese ocupacional em casos de artrite reumatoide com opacidades radiológicas pulmonares.Although rare, rheumatoid pneumoconiosis, also known as Caplan's syndrome, can occur in workers exposed to silica, as well as in patients with silicosis, coal workers' pneumoconiosis or asbestosis. Prevalence is higher among patients with silicosis, despite the fact that it was originally described in coal workers with pneumoconiosis. The classical finding that defines this syndrome is that of rheumatoid nodules in the lungs, regardless of whether there are small rounded opacities suggestive of pneumoconiosis or large opacities consistent with massive pulmonary fibrosis, with or without clinical rheumatoid arthritis. We describe the case

  19. Exposição ocupacional e ocorrência de pneumoconioses na região de Campinas (SP Brasil, 1978-2003 Occupational exposure and occurrence of pneumoconioses in Campinas, Brazil, 1978-2003

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    activities most frequently related to these diseases. METHODS: A retrospective, observational study was conducted in order to gather data on cases of pneumoconioses treated at the outpatient clinic of the State University at Campinas Hospital das Clínicas between 1978 and 2003. Individuals diagnosed with pneumoconiosis, based on their occupational history and on chest X-ray findings of abnormalities consistent with interstitial lung disease involving the parenchyma, in accordance with the 1980 and 2000 recommendations of the International Labour Organization, were included in the study. RESULTS: A total of 1147 cases of pneumoconiosis were identified (1075 in males and 72 in females: 1061 cases of silicosis (92.5%; 51 cases of mixed-dust pneumoconiosis (4.45%; 15 cases of asbestosis (1.31%; 13 cases of phosphate rock-related pneumoconiosis (1.13%; and 7 cases of other types of pneumoconiosis (0.6%, including those related to exposure to coal, graphite and hard metals. The most common chest X-ray findings were 1/0, 1/1 or 1/2 profusion and small regular opacities (p, q or r, although 192 patients (16.74% presented large opacities. There has been a substantial decline in the occurrence of the disease since the 1990s, and the duration of exposure was typically shorter than that observed in a study conducted in the United States. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings have been compiled into a comprehensive database for the investigation of pneumoconiosis in an industrialized area of Brazil. These data make it possible to conduct follow-up studies and develop health policies related to occupational respiratory disorders.

  20. Estudo das internações hospitalares por pneumoconioses no Brasil, 1984-2003 Hospital admissions due to pneumoconioses in Brazil, 1984-2003

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    Hermano Albuquerque de Castro

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    ão doenças de elevadas morbidade.INTRODUCTION: pneumoconiosis represents a set of respiratory illnesses, such as silicosis, asbestosis, talcosis, beriliosis and others, which are known by their main causal agent. Its incidence is probably high among exposed workers, but there is no epidemiological information such as historical series on hospitalizations in the several areas of the country. OBJECTIVE: to analyze hospital admissions due to pneumoconiosis in the period between 1984 and 2003 in all the domestic territory. METHOD: morbidity information from the AIH Hospitalization System of DATASUS (National Epidemiology Center of the Ministry of Health was collected, described and analyzed, for the period between 1984 and 2003, including all Brazilian regions and States. IDC-9 (1984-1997 and ICD-10 (1998-2003 criteria were used. RESULTS: Brazil presented a growth trend in hospital admissions between 1984 and 1991 with high rates of hospitalizations in all areas, followed by a reduction in the period between 1992 and 2003. The median of admissions for the period between 1984 and 1991 was higher in the Center-West region and lower in the North region. In the second period, between 1992 and 2003, there was a change, with a lower median in the Northeast and higher rates in the South region. DISCUSSION: The difference between the two periods can be explained by the diagnostic criteria used in these periods and by the way information was collected. The differences among regions probably reflect local work processes and the access of workers to health services. CONCLUSION: The data show that actions to control and prevent these illnesses in the work environment are necessary. Pneumoconiosis is an important Public Health problem whose numbers still do not adequately reflect the problem. If coefficients are calculated on the population effectively exposed, they will certainly disclose high morbidity illnesses.