Pleural mesothelioma: Case-report of uncommon occupational asbestos exposure in a small furniture industry

Enrico Oddone, Marcello Imbriani

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The relationship between asbestos exposure and malignant mesothelioma is no longer disputed, although it is not always easy to trace past occupational exposure. This report describes a case of uncommon asbestos exposure of a small furniture industry worker, who subsequently died of pleural malignant mesothelioma, to stress the crucial importance of a full reconstruction of the occupational history, both for legal and compensation purposes. Sarcomatoid pleural mesothelioma was diagnosed in a 70-year-old man, who was previously employed as a carpenter in a small furniture industry. He worked for about 6 years in the small factory, was exposed to asbestos during the assembly of the furniture inspired by classical architecture, in which asbestos cement tubes were used to reproduce classical columns. During this production process no specific work safety measures were applied, nor masks or local aspirators. No extra-professional exposure to asbestos was identified. This mesothelioma case was investigated by the Public Prosecutor's assignment that commissioned expert evidence on the legal accountability for the disease. Despite its uncommon expositive circumstance, the length of latency (about 30 years), the duration of exposure, the clinical and histochemical features are all consistent with literature evidence, accounting for the occupational origin of this malignancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-526
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Asbestos
  • Carpenter
  • Furniture industry
  • Mesothelioma
  • Occupational exposure
  • Occupational medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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