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The upholsterer and the asbestos
  1. C Mensi1,2,
  2. A Garberi3,
  3. R Trinco4,
  4. L Riboldi1,2
  1. 1
    Department of Preventive, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, IRCCS Foundation - Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena, Milan, Italy
  2. 2
    Inhaled Dust Biological Effects Centre (EBPI), Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
  3. 3
    Post-Graduate School of Occupational Medicine, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
  4. 4
    Department of Prevention, Mantova Local Health Authority, Mantova, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Carolina Mensi, Clinica del Lavoro “Luigi Devoto”, Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena, Via San Barnaba, 8 - 20122 Milano, Italy; Carolina.Mensi{at}

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We report an unusual occupational exposure to asbestos, confirmed by lung fibre burden analysis, in a patient affected by malignant mesothelioma. The job involved in this case does not apparently represent a danger for asbestos-related diseases. The causal role of occupational exposure was detected as a result of the work performed by Lombardy Mesothelioma Registry.

The Registry has been collecting all incident cases of malignant mesothelioma occurring in residents in the Lombardy Region of northern Italy (total population of 9.1 million) since 1 January 2000. Cases are reported to the Registry by the pathology, pneumology, surgery, and oncology departments of each regional hospital. For each case, all available clinical records are collected and reviewed by a panel of pneumologists, …

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