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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 122-123

Pleural mesothelioma in a couple of brothers


Center for the Study of Environmental Cancer, Italian League against Cancer, Monfalcone, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Claudio Bianchi
Center for the Study of Environmental Cancer, Italian League against Cancer, Hospital of Monfalcone, 34074 Monfalcone
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: One of the authors (CB) has been asked to provide scientific information in criminal or civil court cases relates to asbestos diseases; he served as an expert for the court or for the plaintiff.


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.130865

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Malignant mesotheliomas of the pleura, epithelial type, were observed in two brothers. Both the patients had histories of severe exposure to asbestos, having worked as insulators. The latency periods in the two cases were 26 and 38 years, respectively. Available literature data suggest that mesothelioma occurrence among blood-related people is favored by a genetic predisposition.






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