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Hiroshi Yasuda, Satoshi Okumura, Shou Toyoda, Kansuke Yamamoto, Naoto Mizumura, Aya Itou, Masao Ogawa, Masayasu Kawasaki, Masao Kameyama
A 69-year-old man with right upper quadrant abdominal pain and fever was referred to our hospital. He had a history of asbestosis exposure. Computed tomography(CT)revealed a mass at the right subhepatic space, and an antibiotic was administered after a diagnosis of an abdominal abscess. However, the patient did not respond to the treatment, and finally, exploratory laparoscopy was performed. A sheet of combined white nodules surrounding the right lobe of the liver was found, and the mass was continuous with the covering particles...
March 2018: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
G I Walters, A S Robertson, P S Bhomra, P S Burge
A diagnosis of asbestosis, which is a long-latency, fibrotic lung disease, has implications for the patient in terms of prognosis, treatment and compensation. Identifying and quantifying asbestos exposure is difficult without a detailed occupational history, and the threshold dose of asbestos required to cause asbestosis is not well understood. We reviewed all cases of asbestosis diagnosed between 2001 and 2016 at the Birmingham Regional NHS Occupational Lung Disease Service to determine the industries and occupations most frequently implicated in causation, in order to help clinicians identify where asbestosis might enter the differential diagnosis for a patient with chronic respiratory symptoms...
April 3, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
Hyun Gyung Kim, Sang Hoon Kim, Taek-Seung Kim, Tae Won Park, Ran Won, Hee-Deung Park, Soo An Choi, Yong Woo Jung
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are nanomaterials that have been employed in generating diverse materials. We previously reported that CNTs induce cell death in macrophages, possibly via asbestosis. Therefore, we generated CNT-attached polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), which is an established polymer in membrane technology, and then examined whether CNT-attached PVDF is immunologically safe for medical purposes compared to CNT alone. To test this, we treated RAW 264.7 murine macrophages (RAW cells) with CNT-attached PVDF and analyzed the production of nitric oxide (NO), a potent proinflammatory mediator, in these cells...
December 2017: Immune Network
Naveena Yanamala, Elena R Kisin, Dmitriy W Gutkin, Michael R Shurin, Martin Harper, Anna A Shvedova
Humans exposed to asbestos and/or asbestiform fibers are at high risk of developing many lung diseases including asbestosis, lung cancer, and malignant mesothelioma. However, the disease-causing potential and specific metabolic mechanisms and pathways associated with various asbestos/asbestiform fiber exposures triggering different carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic outcomes are still largely unknown. The aim of this this study was to investigate gene expression profiles and inflammatory responses to different asbestos/asbestiform fibers at the acute/sub-acute phase that may be related to delayed pathological outcomes observed at later time points...
2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
B Huret, S Boulanger, L Benhamed, X Deprez, D Caparros
INTRODUCTION: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the joints but which frequently includes extra articular effects, including pulmonary nodules, which grow faster under immunosuppressive treatment. CASE REPORT: A 74 years old man, with mild asbestosis, underwent treatment with methotrexate then leflunomide (LEF) for seropositive RA. In February 2014, during monitoring of his asbestosis, chest CT scan showed the appearance of thick-walled cavitating lung nodules, with a central and sub pleural distribution...
November 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
Flavia D' Agostin, Paola de Michieli, Corrado Negro
OBJECTIVES: Malignant mesothelioma is closely associated to asbestos exposure. One such exposure may occur through contact with occupationally exposed household members and their belongings. This study examines the features of pleural mesothelioma attributable only to asbestos brought home by another family member. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The data sources were 1063 mesothelioma cases diagnosed between 1995 and 2014, from the Friuli Venezia Giulia Mesothelioma Register...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Leona M Dowman, Christine F McDonald, Catherine J Hill, Annemarie L Lee, Kathryn Barker, Claire Boote, Ian Glaspole, Nicole S L Goh, Anne M Southcott, Angela T Burge, Rebecca Gillies, Alicia Martin, Anne E Holland
BACKGROUND: Uncertainty exists regarding the clinical relevance of exercise training across the range of interstitial lung diseases (ILDs). OBJECTIVE: To establish the impact of exercise training in patients with ILDs of differing aetiology and severity. METHODS: 142 participants with ILD (61 idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), 22 asbestosis, 23 connective tissue disease-related ILD (CTD-ILD) and 36 with other aetiologies) were randomised to either 8 weeks of supervised exercise training or usual care...
July 2017: Thorax
Beata Świątkowska, Neonila Szeszenia-Dąbrowska, Urszula Wilczyńska
In Poland, the use of asbestos was banned in 1997 and asbestos plants have been closed since then. Despite their closure, cases of asbestos-related occupational diseases among former asbestos workers are still being recorded in the Central Register of Occupational Diseases. Between 2001 and 2014, there were 2726 asbestos-related illnesses, classified and reported as diseases associated with occupational exposure to asbestos. In 2000, Poland introduced a programme called Amiantus, targeted at former asbestos-processing plant workers...
August 1, 2016: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Pedro Bullon, Jose Manuel Navarro
BACKGROUND: Endometriosis remains a challenging condition for clinicians to treat. To improve our results, we have to develop new treatment strategies based on pathophysiological mechanisms targeting the etiologic and pathogenic processes involved. OBJECTIVES: Revise new inflammatory pathogenic mechanisms involved in endometriosis, namely inflammasome. METHOD: Literature review for the updating of data to give new clues for different options of treatments...
2017: Current Drug Targets
Joseph P Lynch, Richard H Huynh, Michael C Fishbein, Rajan Saggar, John A Belperio, S Sam Weigt
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a specific form of chronic interstitial lung pneumonia associated with the histologic pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP). Although UIP is a distinct histologic lesion, this histologic pattern is not specific for IPF and can also be found in other diseases (e.g., connective tissue disease and asbestosis). Clinical features of IPF include progressive cough, dyspnea, restrictive ventilatory defect, and progressive fibrosis and destruction of the lung parenchyma...
June 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
P P Song, Y Wang, J L Sun, Y Gao, J Liu, Y X Chen
OBJECTIVE: It can provide statistics reference for the prevention and treatment by analysising the status and characteristics related to the asbestos disease of an asbestos products enterprises from 1988 to 2014. METHODS: We have collected the data concerning the case of asbestos-related disease between 1988 and 2014, then the data were arranged, collecteted and analyzed using statistical method. RESULTS: The total of patients is 625 (male: 225, female: 400)...
March 20, 2016: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
Beatriz Araujo Cortez, Paula Rezende-Teixeira, Sambra Redick, Stephen Doxsey, Glaucia Maria Machado-Santelli
Chrysotile, like other types of asbestos, has been associated with mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. However, the cellular abnormalities induced by these fibers involved in cancer development have not been elucidated yet. Previous works show that chrysotile fibers induce features of cancer cells, such as aneuploidy, multinucleation and multipolar mitosis. In the present study, normal and cancer derived human cell lines were treated with chrysotile and the cellular and molecular mechanisms related to generation of aneuploid cells was elucidated...
February 23, 2016: Oncotarget
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The Collegium Ramazzini reaffirms its long-standing position that responsible public health action is to ban all extraction and use of asbestos, including chrysotile. This current statement updates the Collegium's earlier statements with a focus on global health dimensions of asbestos and asbestos-related diseases (ARD). The ARD epidemic will likely not peak for at least a decade in most industrialized countries and for several decades in industrializing countries. Asbestos and ARD will continue to present challenges in the arena of occupational medicine and public health, as well as in clinical research and practice, and have thus emerged as a global health issue...
January 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
Leon Bacchus, Rakesh D Shah, Jonathan H Chung, Traves P Crabtree, Darel E Heitkamp, Mark D Iannettoni, Geoffrey B Johnson, Clinton Jokerst, Barbara L McComb, Anthony G Saleh, Robert M Steiner, Tan-Lucien H Mohammed, James G Ravenel
Occupational lung disease is a category of disease entities characterized by a reaction of the lung parenchyma to inhaled aerosolized particles found in the environment. This document summarizes the imaging appropriateness data for silicosis, coal worker pneumoconiosis, and asbestosis. The main points of the document are that computed tomography is more sensitive than radiography, computed tomography without contrast generally suffices for evaluation, and fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography may have utility in patients with mesothelioma...
January 2016: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
Yan Liang, Yan Wang, Songquan Zhang, Juan Liu, Yanxia Chen
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the clinical characteristics, diagnosis and treatment of the clinical characteristics and prognosis of asbestosis complicated with malignant mesothelioma patients. METHODS: In 3 cases of asbestosis complicated with malignant mesothelioma were retrospectively analyzed. RESULTS: In the 3 patients, 2 cases of pleural mesothelioma, with chest tightness, chest and back pain as initial symptom; 1 case of peritoneal mesothelioma, with abdominal distention, abdominal pain, dysuria as initial symptom...
May 2015: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
Marita T Dale, Zoe J McKeough, Thierry Troosters, Peter Bye, Jennifer A Alison
BACKGROUND: Non-malignant dust-related respiratory diseases, such as asbestosis and silicosis, are similar to other chronic respiratory diseases and may be characterised by breathlessness, reduced exercise capacity and reduced health-related quality of life. Some non-malignant dust-related respiratory diseases are a global health issue and very few treatment options, including pharmacological, are available. Therefore, examining the role of exercise training is particularly important to determine whether exercise training is an effective treatment option in non-malignant dust-related respiratory diseases...
2015: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Irena Manfredo
Unemployed persons are often on the margins of the healthcare system and under the radar of safety and health organisations, as no systematic records are kept of occupational diseases caused by exposure at previous work place. Law in Slovenia requires that asbestos-related occupational diseases are verified by establishing the causal relationship between exposure at work and its effect on the worker. This report describes a case of verifying occupational pleural disease in an unemployed carpenter who was referred for consultation with occupational health specialist as part of the regular procedure for the unemployed registered at the Employment Service of Slovenia...
September 1, 2015: Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju
Laura Niccoli, Emanuele Cassarà, Olga Kaloudi, Carlotta Nannini, Micaela Romagnoli, Fabrizio Cantini
BACKGROUND: Asbestosis is characterized by lung and pleural fibrosis and by immune system dysregulation, with autoantibody production and systemic immune-mediated disease. No specific therapies are available for asbestosis. Recently, the pivotal pathogenic role exerted by interleukin-1beta has been recently reported. CASE PRESENTATION: We treated with anti-interleukin 1 beta targeted antibody canakinumab a 67 year old man with asbestosis and long lasting systemic autoimmune features...
June 14, 2015: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Marcus Oldenburg, Volker Harth, Ulf Manuwald
BACKGROUND: This study estimated the discharge diagnosis due to non-cancer diseases of German seamen employed on German vessels in comparison to the general German male population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a database, the German health insurance company for seafarers determined the discharge diagnoses from hospital for all German seafarers. In the time period from January 1997 to December 2007, this database encompassed on average more than 21,000 German seamen per year...
2015: International Maritime Health
Basilua Andre Muzembo, Yoji Deguchi, Nlandu Roger Ngatu, Masamitsu Eitoku, Ryoji Hirota, Narufumi Suganuma
Individuals exposed to fibrogenic mineral dust may exhibit an impaired antioxidant system and produce high levels of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species through immune cells, contributing to the perturbation of immune cell function, inflammation, fibrosis and lung cancer. The lung diseases which are caused by inhalation of fibrogenic mineral dust, known as pneumoconioses, develop progressively and irreversibly over decades. At the moment there is no known cure. The trace element selenium has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties mediated mainly through selenoproteins...
April 2015: Environment International
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