Category: Pleural

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 were attributed to “luto,” a whitewash containing tremolite, that was…

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