New Report Illustrates That Even Brief Asbestos Exposure Can Trigger Mesothelioma, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A newly-published report details the case of a mesothelioma patient whose only known asbestos exposure was brief and second-hand.

Mesothelioma Caused By Brief Asbestos Exposure

Brief Exposure Can Trigger Mesothelioma

This report highlights that pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma can occur without direct asbestos exposure...

Researchers in New Delhi, India have published a paper on a young woman who developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos-contaminated work clothes for just 3 months as a child. Surviving Mesothelioma has all the details of the report in a new article. Click here to read it now.

Doctors at the ESI Model Hospital say their patient was diagnosed with mesothelioma after complaining of chest pain and breathlessness. Further investigation found that she had come in contact with her miner father’s dirty work clothes 15 years earlier when she briefly lived with him.

“This report highlights that pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma can occur without direct asbestos exposure, as was seen in our young patient,” writes radiologist Dr. Bharati Singhal, lead author of the paper.

The report in the Journal of Clinical Imaging Science suggests that many brief asbestos exposures may go unreported because neither patients nor investigators recognize how risky they actually are.

“This paper illustrates, once again, that no amount of asbestos exposure is safe. It is a sobering fact that anyone who has encountered this toxin, even briefly, could be at risk for mesothelioma,” says Surviving Mesothelioma Managing Editor Alex Strauss.

For all the details of the case, see Brief, Indirect Exposure Leads to Mesothelioma in a Young Woman, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Singhal, B et al, “Malignant pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma consequential to brief indirect asbestos exposure”, June 30, 2014, Journal of Clinical Imaging Science, eCollection,;year=2014;volume=4;issue=1;spage=35;epage=35;aulast=Singhal

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