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Arbejdsrelateret udredning af asbestose og eksponeringsvurdering


Øyvind Omland1, Harald William Meyer2, Helle Lodberg Lauridsen1, Jakob Hjort Bønløkke1 & David Lee Sherson3, 4

1) Arbejdsmedicinsk Enhed, Dansk Ramazzini Center, Aalborg Universitetshospital 2) Arbejds- og Miljømedicinsk Afdeling, Bispebjerg Hospital 3) Arbejds- og Miljømedicinsk Klinik, Odense Universitetshospital 4) Syddansk Center for Interstitielle LungeSygdomme, Lungemedicinsk Afdeling J, Odense Universitetshospital Ugeskr Læger 2018;180:V10170739

Ugeskr Læger 2018;180:V10170739
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Work-up of asbestosis and estimation of asbestos exposure in an occupational context

Asbestosis is interstitial lung fibrosis due to inhalation of asbestos fibres. Up to the ban of import in 1986, 0.7 mil tons had been used in Denmark. The diagnosis of asbestosis is a challenge because of long latency time and very few national occupational asbestos measurements. The cornerstone of exposure assessment is a thorough occupational history, investigation of asbestos content in products used, search for possible and relevant measurements of asbestos fibres in the air, and results of lung biopsies, if present. Although no definite lower limit of exposure can be defined, a cumulated exposure of > 10 fibre-years is a relevant measure for exposure defining the disease, as one fibre-year equals one asbestos fibre/cm3 air/occupational year.

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