Asbestos-related diseases in entertainment workers

Clinica del Lavoro Luigi Devoto, Dipartimento di Medicina Preventiva, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy.
La Medicina del lavoro (Impact Factor: 0.55). 11/2010; 101(6):416-8.
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To investigate asbestos exposure in 4 patients (3 cases of malignant mesothelioma and 1 case ofpleural plagues) previously employed in the entertainment business.
The patients were seen at the Occupational Health Unit of the "Clinica del Lavoro Luigi Devoto" in Milan (Italy). Information regarding exposure to asbestos (occupational, environmental, and familial) was collected through a standardized questionnaire administered to the patients by an occupational physician.
The presence of asbestos in the building structures and its use were described by all patients. The presence of asbestos in public buildings used for entertainment such as cinemas and theatres was in fact confirmed by the Occupational Health Services of the Local Heath Unit. An occupational aetiology was recognised in all the cases mentioned above, thus leading to the identification of an atypical occupational sector at risk in the past for asbestos exposure,

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