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Asbestos exposure among Finnish mesothelioma patients.
Tossavainen A; Huuskonen M; Tuomi T; Vanhala E; Virtamo M
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference, August 23-26, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-108, 1990 Nov; (Part II):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
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-108
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference, August 23-26, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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