Case Study Highlights Need for Thorough History-Taking in Suspected Mesothelioma Cases, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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The Italian mesothelioma patient was exposed to asbestos in an industry not typically associated with the toxin.

Furniture Worker Contracts Mesothelioma

Unexpected Mesothelioma Risk

This report describes a case of uncommon asbestos stress the crucial importance of a full reconstruction of the occupational history...

Two Italian researchers have just published the details of the case of a man who died of pleural mesothelioma three decades after his six-year employment in a small furniture company, an industry not typically associated with mesothelioma risk. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted the details in a new article. Click here to read it now.

The 70-year-old mesothelioma victim was apparently exposed to asbestos in cement tubes that he used to replicate classical columns in the furniture he was making.

“This report describes a case of uncommon asbestos stress the crucial importance of a full reconstruction of the occupational history, both for legal and compensation purposes,” write authors Enrico Oddone and Marcello Imbriani of the University of Pavia.

In violation of the rules regarding asbestos in the Italian workplace, no safety measures were taken at the company to protect the man against the mesothelioma risk posed by asbestos exposure and he was given no protective gear.

“This case illustrates just how vital it is for patients who have symptoms consistent with mesothelioma to give their doctors a thorough account of their employment history, even if it does not seem important at the time,” says Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor, Alex Strauss.

You can read the details of the Italian case and learn more about mesothelioma risk in Mesothelioma Risk Can Be Found in Unexpected Places, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Oddone, E and Imbriani, M, “Pleural mesothelioma: Case report of uncommon occupational asbestos exposure in a small furniture industry”, 2016, pp. 523-526,,58661,0,2.html

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