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Asbestos and tuberculosis in Trieste, Italy.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of occupational medicine. : official publication of the Industrial Medical Association
Publication Date
Volume
27
Issue
11
Pages
831–834
Identifiers
PMID: 4067689
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

The distribution of counts of asbestos bodies in lung specimens from 25 persons dying of fibrocaseous tuberculosis was essentially identical to that in age- and sex-matched control subjects. Although tuberculosis mortality has been elevated in the past in cohorts of asbestos workers, asbestos exposure at environmental levels found in a region with a history of heavy asbestos use appears to be unassociated with risk of tuberculosis. Potentiation of the risk of death from tuberculosis may require both a high risk of tuberculosis in the general community and intense personal exposure to asbestos.

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