Asbestos exposure among Finnish mesothelioma patients.
Tossavainen-A; Huuskonen-M; Tuomi-T; Vanhala-E; Virtamo-M
NIOSH 1990 Nov; :1522-1523
Forty pleural mesotheliomas were diagnosed at three central hospitals during 1986 through 1987. These cases and 31 sarcoidosis patients as referents were interviewed and their past occupational, domestic or environmental exposures to asbestos (1332214) were recorded. The subjects were divided into four groups: group-I, definite exposure (lagging or insulation work, spraying of asbestos and manufacture of asbestos products); group-II, probable exposure (construction, shipyard and maintenance work); group-III, possible exposure (transport, garage and power company work); and group-IV, unlikely exposure (agriculture, forestry and office work). Of the 40 mesothelioma cases, 22 persons had been employed in occupations such as shipbuilding, construction and maintenance. Amosite (12172735), crocidolite (12001284), and anthophyllite (17068789) were the predominant fibrous minerals in parenchymal tissue while chrysotile (12001295) and inorganic fibers other than asbestos were noted in some samples.
Respiratory-system-disorders; Lung-disease; Dust-inhalation; Dust-exposure; Asbestos-workers; Occupational-exposure; Shipyard-workers; Maintenance-workers;
1332-21-4; 12172-73-5; 12001-28-4; 17068-78-9; 12001-29-5;
Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Disease and Injury; Respiratory-system-disorders;
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference