BACKGROUND: Until recently, asbestos was widely used in a variety of industrial processes. Workers exposed to asbestos may develop lung and pleural diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, benign pleural effusion, pleural plaques and mesothelioma. OBJECTIVE: To describe a clinical case of lung cancer in a female non-smoker with occupational exposure to asbestos. METHODS: The clinical and occupational history was based on the information kindly provided by the Occupational Unit of the National Health Service and on the case history of a hospital admittance in 2001, when the patient underwent surgery for lung cancer. RESULTS: The patient worked for 6 years in an asbestos manufacturing industry where she was exposed to high concentrations of asbestos, and then worked for 14 years in a sugar refinery only during the summer. She had benign pleural effusion, pleural plaques, asbestosis and lung cancer. CONCLUSIONS: We concluded that a six-year exposure to high doses of asbestos may induce lung cancer and asbestosis in a female non-smoker.

Tumore polmonare in donna non fumatrice con esposizione professionale ad amianto: descrizione di un caso clinico

MAZZETTI, Lucia;QUINTAVALLE, Sonia;ZENI, Elena;MIOTTO, Deborah;MAPP, Cristina;DE ROSA, Edoardo;BOSCHETTO, Piera
2006

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BACKGROUND: Until recently, asbestos was widely used in a variety of industrial processes. Workers exposed to asbestos may develop lung and pleural diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, benign pleural effusion, pleural plaques and mesothelioma. OBJECTIVE: To describe a clinical case of lung cancer in a female non-smoker with occupational exposure to asbestos. METHODS: The clinical and occupational history was based on the information kindly provided by the Occupational Unit of the National Health Service and on the case history of a hospital admittance in 2001, when the patient underwent surgery for lung cancer. RESULTS: The patient worked for 6 years in an asbestos manufacturing industry where she was exposed to high concentrations of asbestos, and then worked for 14 years in a sugar refinery only during the summer. She had benign pleural effusion, pleural plaques, asbestosis and lung cancer. CONCLUSIONS: We concluded that a six-year exposure to high doses of asbestos may induce lung cancer and asbestosis in a female non-smoker.
2006
Mazzetti, Lucia; Murer, B; Quintavalle, Sonia; Zeni, Elena; Miotto, Deborah; Mapp, Cristina; DE ROSA, Edoardo; Boschetto, Piera
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