Domestic asbestos exposure, lung fibre burden, and pleural mesothelioma in a housewife

M. Huncharek, J. V. Capotorto, J. Muscat

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Abstract

We report here on a diffuse pleural mesothelioma in the wife of a shipyard machinist with quantitative evidence of substantial lung asbestos fibre burden from domestic contact. Although previous reports have documented an increased risk of asbestos related diseases among household contacts of asbestos industry workers, to our knowledge this is the first to provide data on actual lung fibre burden. This report suggests that such household contamination can result in 'bystander' exposure levels similar to those found in the industrial setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-355
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume46
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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