Mineral lung burden of an urban population

L. Paoletti, M. Falchi, D. Batisti, M. P. Carrieri, M. G. Petrelli, C. Ciallella, G. Donelli

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A study was carried out on mineral lung burden in 85 autopsy cases who died accidentally. Subjects of both sexes aged from 15 to 70 years were selected from all the autopsies performed at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Rome. These subjects were living in an urban area and were not affected by neoplasm diseases. All selected subjects were residing in Rome at the time of their death. Information on years of legal residence in urban areas, smoking habits and occupational history were obtained by interviews with relatives. Lung parenchyma samples were obtained from the right upper lobe. The mineral particulate matter present in the tissue samples was studied by means of analytical transmission electron microscopy (ATEM) techniques: 16 mineral varieties and 22 metallic elements were identified. Smoke, age and residence seem to have influence on the lung burden.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-385
Number of pages5
JournalAtmospheric Environment. Part B, Urban Atmosphere
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991


  • air pollution
  • legal residence
  • Mineral lung burden
  • non-occupational exposure
  • smoke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution

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    Paoletti, L., Falchi, M., Batisti, D., Carrieri, M. P., Petrelli, M. G., Ciallella, C., & Donelli, G. (1991). Mineral lung burden of an urban population. Atmospheric Environment. Part B, Urban Atmosphere, 25(3), 381-385. https://doi.org/10.1016/0957-1272(91)90009-4