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Decreasing Prevalence of Pleural Calcifications Among Metsovites With Nonoccupational Asbestos Exposure: Discussion

Comparisons concerning the prevalence of PCs according to age group show that it was significantly lower in the present study for the age groups 30 to 39 years (p < 0.001), 40 to 49 years (p < 0.01), and 50 to 59 years (p < 0.01). The corresponding differences for the older groups (ie, those […]

Decreasing Prevalence of Pleural Calcifications Among Metsovites With Nonoccupational Asbestos Exposure: CXR Evaluation

All CXRs were carefully evaluated for the presence of PCs (Fig 1) by two of us (C.M-S. and S.H.C.), independently and then in joint session. In order to have results that were comparable with those from 1980, only posteroanterior CXRs were evaluated. The prevalence of PCs was calculated as the percentage of the total number […]

Decreasing Prevalence of Pleural Calcifications Among Metsovites With Nonoccupational Asbestos Exposure

An epidemiologic investigation performed in the Metsovo area of northwestern Greece (population around 5,000) 20 years ago revealed that more than half of the adult population presented with pleural calcifications (PCs). Soon after (from 1981 to 1985), in the same area a mesothelioma “epidemic” was observed (ie, an incidence 300-fold higher than expected). Both phenomena […]

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