1113 Pleural plaques: markers of asbestos exposure or indipendent risk factor for pleural mesothelioma? a case report

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Case presentation

A clinical case of a patient affected by asbestosis and PPs with a history of occupational asbestos exposure is presented. During the follow up a PM was diagnosed at a PP.


The widespread belief that there is no relationship between PPs and PM is not supported by a vast literature as it happens for the absence of association between PPs and lung cancer. In the patient described it is not possible to determine whether the localization of the PM at a PP is incidental or not and whether the PM can be attributed only to intense exposure or even to the presence of PPs. Similar cases may not be uncommon even if not reported in the literature.

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