Mesothelioma Associated with the Use of Cosmetic Talc

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Objective:To describe exposures to talcum powder leading to mesothelioma among 33 individuals as a non-occupational asbestos exposure.Methods:Cases were referred for medico-legal evaluation, and tissue digestions were performed in some cases. Tissue digestion for the six cases described was done according to standard methodologyResults:Asbestos of the type found in talcum powder was found in all six cases evaluated.. Talcum powder usage was the only source of asbestos for all 33 cases.Conclusions:Exposure to asbestos-contaminated talcum powders can cause mesothelioma. Clinicians should elicit a history of talcum powder usage in all patients presenting with mesothelioma.

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