Asbestos-related diseases in entertainment workers

Carolina Mensi, Anna Garberi, L. Bordini, Claudia Sieno, L. Riboldi

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Objectives: To investigate asbestos exposure in 4 patients (3 cases of malignant mesothelioma and 1 case of pleural plaques) previously employed in the entertainment business. Methods: 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. Results and conclusion: 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-418
Number of pages3
JournalMedicina del Lavoro
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


  • Asbestos
  • Cinemas
  • Occupational exposure
  • Theatres

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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