203 results match your criteria Asbestos-Related Disease Imaging


Cytological analysis of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in asbestos-exposed workers.

Med Lav 2020 Oct 31;111(5):379-387. Epub 2020 Oct 31.

Department of Medical, Surgical and Neurological Sciences, University of Siena, Unit of Respiratory Disease and Lung Transplant, Siena University Hospital, Viale Bracci 16, 53100 Siena, Italy.

Background: Asbestos-related lung diseases are a group of heterogeneous disorders with different pathogenesis and prognosis. Very few studies investigated the BALF cell profile of asbestos exposed workers. The existence of a relationship between bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) cellular pattern and specific diagnosis and/or asbestos exposure biomarkers would allow the identification of effect biomarkers useful in the follow up of asbestos-exposed workers and in the diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases. Read More

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October 2020

Possible value of antifibrotic drugs in patients with progressive fibrosing non-IPF interstitial lung diseases.

BMC Pulm Med 2019 Nov 12;19(1):213. Epub 2019 Nov 12.

Center for interstitial and rare lung diseases, Pneumology, Thoraxklinik, University of Heidelberg, Germany and German Center for Lung Research, Heidelberg, Germany.

Background: Fibrosing, non-idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (non-IPF) interstitial lung diseases (fILDs) are a heterogeneous group of diseases characterized by a different amount of inflammation and fibrosis. Therapy is currently based on corticosteroids and/or immunomodulators. However, response to these therapies is highly variable, sometimes without meaningful improvement, especially in more fibrosing forms. Read More

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November 2019

Neo-antigen specific T cell responses indicate the presence of metastases before imaging.

Sci Rep 2019 10 10;9(1):14640. Epub 2019 Oct 10.

National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD), Lv5 QQ Block (M503), QEII Medical Centre, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, 6009, Australia.

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) causes 19% of all Australian cancer deaths, with a 5-year survival post-resection of around 60%. Post-operative recurrence is due to metastases that were undetectable pre-operatively, or growth of microscopic locoregional residual disease. However, post-operative imaging modalities typically only detect more advanced tumours; where PET-CT has a detection limit of 6-7 mm. Read More

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October 2019

Lung cancer screening in patients with Libby amphibole disease: High yield despite predominantly environmental and household exposure.

Am J Ind Med 2019 12 18;62(12):1112-1116. Epub 2019 Sep 18.

Barry Commoner Center for the Environment and Health, Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, New York.

Background: Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) scanning (LDCT) is accepted as a screening tool, but its application to populations exposed to recognized occupational or environmental carcinogens is limited. We apply LDCT to a population with a predominantly nonoccupational exposure to a recognized human lung carcinogen, Libby amphibole asbestos (LA).

Methods: Patients in an asbestos disease clinic in Libby, Montana who were aged 50 to 84 years, greater than or equal to 20 pack-year history of tobacco use (irrespective of quit date), and asbestos-related pleuropulmonary disease on high-resolution CT scan were offered free annual lung cancer screening over a 39-month period. Read More

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December 2019

Prevalence of Asbestos-Related Disease Among Workers in Sri Lanka.

Ann Glob Health 2019 07 15;85(1). Epub 2019 Jul 15.

Dornsife School of Public Health of Drexel University, US.

Background: Asbestos products are manufactured and used in Sri Lanka in the construction and automobile industries.

Objective: To determine radiologically if exposure to asbestos caused lung disease among workers handling asbestos products, and to generate data in Sri Lanka where no such data exist due to poor reporting and a poor surveillance system.

Methods: Following ethics approval and written consent plain chest X-rays and exposure data were obtained in 230 workers in asbestos manufacturing, building construction, building demolition, tsunami debris cleanup, and other trades. Read More

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Diagnosis of asbestos-related lung diseases.

Expert Rev Respir Med 2019 03 25;13(3):241-249. Epub 2019 Jan 25.

a Department of Respiratory Medicine , Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital , Perth , WA , Australia.

Introduction: The diagnosis of lung disease in asbestos-exposed individuals is a process that not only requires a detailed occupational and tobacco smoking history, but the correlation with physical signs, appropriate imaging, detailed lung function assessment and histology/cytology when required. Worldwide, the total quantity of asbestos mined is static, having decreased dramatically in developed countries but increased in countries where there is no restriction on mining: for example, Russia, China, Brazil, and Kazakhstan. The predominant diagnostic challenge in most cases of possible asbestos-related disease is the significant interval between exposure and development of the disease. Read More

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3-Dimensional Quantification of Composite Pleural Plaque Volume in Patients Exposed to Asbestos Using High-resolution Computed Tomography: A Validation Study.

J Thorac Imaging 2019 Sep;34(5):320-325

Cardio-thoracic Research Center of Bordeaux, U1045, CIC 1401.

Rationale: As pleural plaque has been reported as a risk factor in the occurrence of lung cancer and mesothelioma, a reproducible and precise method of measurement of pleural plaque volume (PPV) is needed to further describe these relationships. The aim of the study was to assess the reproducibility of a 3-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT) volumetric analysis of PPV in patients with occupational exposure to asbestos.

Material And Methods: A total of 28 patients were retrospectively randomly selected from the multicenter APEXS (Asbestos Post Exposure Survey) study, which was held between 2003 and 2005. Read More

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September 2019

Breath analysis as a diagnostic and screening tool for malignant pleural mesothelioma: a systematic review.

Transl Lung Cancer Res 2018 Oct;7(5):520-536

Laboratory of Experimental Medicine and Paediatrics, Antwerp University, Wilrijk, Belgium.

Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a tumour related to a historical exposure to asbestos fibres. Currently, the definite diagnosis is made only by the histological examination of a biopsy obtained through an invasive thoracoscopy. However, diagnosis is made too late for curative treatment because of non-specific symptoms mainly appearing at advanced stage disease. Read More

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October 2018

Assessment of physicians' proficiency in reading chest radiographs for pneumoconiosis, based on a 60-film examination set with two factors constituting eight indices.

Ind Health 2018 Oct 26;56(5):382-393. Epub 2018 May 26.

Department of Radiology, National Hospital Organization Kinki-Chuo Chest Medical Center, Japan.

Two hundred and thirty-three individuals read chest x-ray images (CXR) in the Asian Intensive Reader of Pneumoconiosis (AIR Pneumo) workshop. Their proficiency in reading CXR for pneumoconiosis was calculated using eight indices (X1-X8), as follows: sensitivity (X1) and specificity (X2) for pneumoconiosis; sensitivity (X3) and specificity (X4) for large opacities; sensitivity (X5) and specificity (X6) for pleural plaques; profusion increment consistency (X7); and consistency for shape differentiation (X8). For these eight indices, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Scheffe's multiple comparison were conducted on six groups, based on the participants' specialty: radiology, respiratory medicine, industrial medicine, public health, general internal medicine, and miscellaneous physicians. Read More

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October 2018

Revised Modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors for Assessment of Response in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (Version 1.1).

J Thorac Oncol 2018 07 9;13(7):1012-1021. Epub 2018 May 9.

Medical School and National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia and Department of Medical Oncology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Introduction: Malignant pleural mesothelioma poses unique difficulties in tumor measurement and response assessment; however, robust and reproducible assessment of response is critically important in the conduct, interpretation, and reporting of clinical trials.

Methods: The current de facto standard for the assessment of mesothelioma tumor response, "modified RECIST" (Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors), was published in 2004 as a research paper. Practical application of the modified RECIST guidelines has suffered from varied interpretations, resulting in inaccuracies and inconsistencies in tumor response assessment across and within mesothelioma clinical trials. Read More

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Libby Amphibole Disease: Pulmonary Function and CT Abnormalities in Vermiculite Miners.

J Occup Environ Med 2018 02;60(2):167-173

Mount Sinai Health System, Icahn School of Medicine, New York, New York (Drs Miller, Henschke, Yankelevitz, Liang, Liu, Ms Yip, Ms Linker, Dr Flores); Northwell Health, Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention, Great Neck, New York (Dr Szeinuk); University of Montana, Missoula, Montana (Dr Noonan); Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana (Dr Pfau); and Center for Asbestos Related Disease, Libby, Montana (Dr Black, Ms McNew).

Objective: This article describes radiologic and pulmonary function findings among miners exposed to Libby amphibole. Computed tomography (CT) permits the detection of the characteristic thin, lamellar pleural thickening (LPT).

Methods: Individuals who worked at the mine for a minimum of 6 months had chest CT and pulmonary function tests. Read More

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February 2018

Histological findings and lung dust analysis as the basis for occupational disease compensation in asbestos-related lung cancer in Germany.

Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2018 Jan 2;31(3):293-305. Epub 2017 Nov 2.

Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany (Institute for Pathology).

Objectives: This study has researched the significance of histologically raised findings and lung dust analyses in the context of claiming the recognition of and thus compensation for an asbestos-associated occupational disease.

Material And Methods: For this approach, all findings from the German Mesothelioma Register in 2015 that included lung dust analyses were evaluated and were compared with information on asbestos fiber exposure at work based on fiber years, and with the results of radiological findings.

Results: For 68 insured persons, recognition of an asbestos-induced lung disease according to Section 4104 of the German Ordinance on Occupational Diseases (Berufskrankheitenverordnung - BKV) could be recommended solely on the basis of the histological examinations of lung tissues and complementary lung dust analyses. Read More

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January 2018

Association between increased small airway obstruction and asbestos exposure in patients with asbestosis.

Clin Respir J 2018 Apr 23;12(4):1676-1684. Epub 2017 Nov 23.

Department of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, Clinical Center for Interstitial Lung Diseases, Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.

Background: Asbestos exposure may cause asbestos-related lung diseases including asbestosis, pleural abnormalities and malignancies. The role of asbestos exposure in the development of small airway obstruction remains controversial. Anatomic and physiologic small airway abnormalities may develop as part of the pathophysiologic process of asbestosis. Read More

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Asbestos-related diseases in mineworkers: a clinicopathological study.

ERJ Open Res 2017 Jul 25;3(3). Epub 2017 Aug 25.

School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

The accurate diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases is important because of past and current asbestos exposures. This study evaluated the reliability of clinical diagnoses of asbestos-related diseases in former mineworkers using autopsies as the reference standard. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value were calculated. Read More

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Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Management of Asbestos-Related Pleural and Pulmonary Disease.

Arch Bronconeumol 2017 Aug 6;53(8):437-442. Epub 2017 Mar 6.

Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid, España.

Asbestos is the term used for a set of mineral silicates that tend to break up into fibers. Its use has been associated with numerous diseases affecting the lung and pleura in particular, all of which are characterized by their long period of latency. Asbestos, moreover, has been recognized by the WHO as a Group IA carcinogen since 1987 and its use was banned in Spain in 2002. Read More

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Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers in the Rational Assessment of Mesothelioma (DIAPHRAGM) study: protocol of a prospective, multicentre, observational study.

BMJ Open 2016 11 24;6(11):e013324. Epub 2016 Nov 24.

Department of Respiratory Medicine, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, UK.

Introduction: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an asbestos-related cancer, which is difficult to diagnose. Thoracoscopy is frequently required but is not widely available. An accurate, non-invasive diagnostic biomarker would allow early specialist referral, limit diagnostic delays and maximise clinical trial access. Read More

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November 2016

Pulmonary abnormalities as a result of exposure to Libby amphibole during childhood and adolescence-The Pre-Adult Latency Study (PALS).

Am J Ind Med 2017 Jan 16;60(1):20-34. Epub 2016 Nov 16.

Mount Sinai Health System, Icahn School of Medicine, New York, New York.

Background: The purpose of Pre-Adult Latency Study was to evaluate lung findings among adults who had been environmentally exposed to Libby Amphibole only during childhood and adolescence.

Methods: Recruitment was restricted to volunteers who attended primary and/or secondary school, lived in Libby, MT, prior to age 23 years for males and 21 years for females and subsequently left the area. Subjects completed exposure and respiratory questionnaires, underwent pulmonary function tests (PFTs), and chest CT scans. Read More

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January 2017

Imaging in pleural mesothelioma: A review of the 13th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group.

Lung Cancer 2016 11 5;101:48-58. Epub 2016 Sep 5.

School of Medicine and Pharmacology and National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia and Department of Medical Oncology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Imaging plays an important role in the detection, diagnosis, staging, response assessment, and surveillance of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The etiology, biology, and growth pattern of mesothelioma present unique challenges for each modality used to capture various aspects of this disease. Clinical implementation of imaging techniques and information derived from images continue to evolve based on active research in this field worldwide. Read More

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November 2016

Imaging of Occupational Lung Disease.

Radiol Clin North Am 2016 Nov 27;54(6):1077-1096. Epub 2016 Aug 27.

Department of Radiology, 1959 Northeast Pacific Street, RR 215, Box 357115, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.

Occupational lung diseases span a variety of pulmonary disorders caused by inhalation of dusts or chemical antigens in a vocational setting. Included in these are the classic mineral pneumoconioses of silicosis, coal worker's pneumoconiosis, and asbestos-related diseases as well as many immune-mediated and airway-centric diseases, and new and emerging disorders. Although some of these have characteristic imaging appearances, a multidisciplinary approach with focus on occupational exposure history is essential to proper diagnosis. Read More

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November 2016

Radiologic Diagnosis of Asbestosis in Korea.

Korean J Radiol 2016 Sep-Oct;17(5):674-83. Epub 2016 Aug 23.

Department of Radiology, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Gachon University, Incheon 21565, Korea.

Asbestosis is the most important change noted in the lung parenchyma after environmental and occupational exposure to asbestos fibers. It is characterized by diffuse interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. In Korea, the incidence of asbestosis will continue to increase for many years to come and the government enacted the Asbestos Damage Relief Law in 2011 to provide compensation to those suffering from asbestos-related diseases. Read More

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Estimating the incidence of malignant mesothelioma in Vietnam: a pilot descriptive cancer registration study.

Int J Occup Environ Health 2016 04 8;22(2):167-72. Epub 2016 Jul 8.

a Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, University of Sydney , Sydney , NSW , Australia.

Introduction: Global asbestos consumption has shifted toward lower income countries, particularly in the Asian region including Vietnam where asbestos and asbestos-containing products have been imported since the late 1960s.

Methods: This pilot descriptive epidemiological study aimed to provide contemporary estimates of malignant mesothelioma incidence (histological subtype M9050/3; ICD-O-3) by gender and age group as recorded across nine cancer registries in Vietnam.

Results: We identified 148 incident cases of malignant mesothelioma during 1987-2013. Read More

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Ultra low dose CT screen-detected non-malignant incidental findings in the Western Australian Asbestos Review Programme.

Respirology 2016 11 16;21(8):1419-1424. Epub 2016 Jun 16.

Department of Respiratory Medicine, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Background And Objective: Computed tomography (CT)-based studies of asbestos-exposed individuals report a high prevalence of lung cancer, but the utility of low dose CT (LDCT) to screen asbestos-exposed populations is not established. We aimed to describe the prevalence of indeterminate pulmonary nodules and incidental findings on chest LDCT of asbestos-exposed subjects in Western Australia.

Methods: A total of 906 subjects from the Western Australian Asbestos Review Programme underwent LDCT of the chest as part of regular annual review. Read More

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November 2016

Applications of Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Thorax in Pleural Diseases: A State-of-the-Art Review.

Lung 2016 08 14;194(4):501-9. Epub 2016 Jun 14.

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rua Thomaz Cameron, 438. Valparaiso, Rio De Janeiro, Petrópolis, CEP 25685.120, Brazil.

The aim of this review was to present the main aspects of pleural diseases seen with conventional and advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. This modality is considered to be the gold standard for the evaluation of the pleural interface, characterization of complex pleural effusion, and identification of exudate and hemorrhage, as well as in the analysis of superior sulcus tumors, as it enables more accurate staging. The indication for MRI of the thorax in the identification of these conditions is increasing in comparison to computerized tomography, and it can also be used to support the diagnosis of pulmonary illnesses. Read More

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Malignant pleural effusion: from bench to bedside.

Eur Respir Rev 2016 Jun;25(140):189-98

Laboratory for Molecular Respiratory Carcinogenesis, Dept of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Patras, Achaia, Greece Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC), University Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilians University and Helmholtz Zentrum München, Member of the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), Munich, Germany.

Malignant pleural effusion (MPE) is a common but serious condition that is related with poor quality of life, morbidity and mortality. Its incidence and associated healthcare costs are rising and its management remains palliative, with median survival ranging from 3 to 12 months. During the last decade there has been significant progress in unravelling the pathophysiology of MPE, as well as its diagnostics, imaging, and management. Read More

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Malignant Peritoneum Mesothelioma with Hepatic Involvement: A Single Institution Experience in 5 Patients and Review of the Literature.

Gastroenterol Res Pract 2016 16;2016:6242149. Epub 2016 Mar 16.

Department of Gastroenterology, Cangzhou Central Hospital, Cangzhou, Hebei 061001, China.

Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma with invasion of the liver is an invariably fatal disease. We aimed to clarify the characteristics of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma cases with liver involvement. The clinical presentation, computed tomography images, and immunohistochemical and histopathological features of 5 patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma and liver involvement were evaluated. Read More

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[HRCT and LDCT in workers exposed to asbestos: a review of the literature in view of the Helsinki Criteria].

Epidemiol Prev 2016 Jan-Feb;40(1 Suppl 1):51-5

SOD pneumologia, Azienda ospedaliero-universitaria Careggi, Firenze.

In approaching the asbestos-related diseases with CT, both the malignant diseases and the non-malignant disease are to be considered. In the recent publication of the Helsinki Criteria research activities are encouraged in the field of lung cancer screening with low-dose CT (LDCT) in exposed workers and initiatives of data pooling and study protocols standardization are stimulated. Herein, we propose a review of the literature in the light of the Helsinki statement focused on the different techniques of imaging with CT and on the different fields of application in the asbestos-related disease. Read More

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September 2017

CT Findings in People Who Were Environmentally Exposed to Asbestos in Korea.

J Korean Med Sci 2015 Dec 30;30(12):1896-901. Epub 2015 Nov 30.

Department of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Korea.

Asbestos related pleuropulmonary disease has been emerging health problem for recent years. It can cause variable clinical symptoms and radiological abnormalities. However, there has been no report for their characteristics in subjects who were environmentally exposed to asbestos. Read More

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December 2015

Mortality among sheet metal workers participating in a respiratory screening program.

Am J Ind Med 2015 Apr 24;58(4):378-91. Epub 2015 Feb 24.

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR).

Background: The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) established a screening program in 1985 to examine the health hazards of the sheet metal industry in the U.S. and Canada. Read More

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Diffuse pleural thickening following heart failure-related pleural effusions in an asbestos exposed patient.

Int J Occup Environ Health 2015 13;21(2):169-71. Epub 2015 Jan 13.

Diffuse pleural thickening (DPT) is a well-recognized consequence of asbestos exposure and often follows a benign asbestos-related pleural effusion. At our tertiary center, in the North West of England where the prevalence of asbestos-related pleural disease is high, we have encountered a series of patients that have had led us to consider a new hypothesis in DPT. We postulate that non-asbestos-related pleural effusions, particularly transudative pleural effusions, caused by heart failure can trigger the development of DPT. Read More

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November 2016

Asbestos-related lung disease: a pictorial review.

Curr Probl Diagn Radiol 2015 Jul-Aug;44(4):371-82. Epub 2014 Oct 30.

Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO.

Asbestos exposure can lead to a variety of adverse effects in the thorax. Although currently in the western world, levels of exposure are kept in check by strict regulations, history of previous asbestos exposure continues to have an effect on many, owing to the latent nature of the pathophysiological response of the body to the inhaled fibers. The adverse effects of asbestos generally fall under 3 categories: pleural disease, lung parenchymal disease, and neoplastic disease. Read More

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February 2016