Global Asbestos Congress 2004

Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma due to Working at a Stationery Store where Sprayed Asbestos had been Used

Yuji Natori1, Toyoki Nakao2, Akihiko Kataoka3, Kiyoshi Sakai4, Shinji Kumagai5 and Takashi Nakano6
1Hirano-Kameido Himawari Clinic, Tokyo, Japan
2Tokyo Occupational Safety and Health Center, Tokyo, Japan
3Kansai Occupational Safety and Health Center, Osaka, Japan
4Nagoya City Public Health Research Institute , Nagoya, Japan
5Osaka Prefectural Institute of Public Health, Osaka, Japan
6Hyogo Medical University, Hyogo, Japan

A 70 year old male, was admitted to the hospital due to rt. pleural effusion (hyaluronic acid: 596 mg/L) in 2002. A pathology specimen obtained by thoracoscopy showed malignant mesothelioma, epithelial type (calretinin(+) , AE1/AE3(+), EMA(+), CEA(-), BerEP4(-)) . He was born in a rural area near Osaka city and had no family nor environmental asbestos exposure. He had worked as a farmer from 1949 to 1951, as a weaver at a wire netting company from 1951 to1966, as a waiter at a coffee shop from 1966 to 1969, and as a manager of a stationery store from 1969 to 2002. He had no direct occupational asbestos exposure. There is sprayed asbestos (crocidolite) on the walls of the 2nd floor of the stationery store which is used as a warehouse. His duties took him to the 2nd floor to deliver and take out and arrange goods for 1 hour every day and to clean the floor once a month. Measurements of airborne asbestos revealed: 1.02-4.2 f/L (2nd floor undisturbed), 14.0 f/L (delivery of goods), 136.5 f/L (cleaning), 0.34-1.13 f/L (1st floor), ND (atmosphere outside the store). Minimum Limit of Determination is 0.15-0.4 f/L. His malignant mesothelioma was due to working at the stationary store, where sprayed asbestos was present.

Images 1 & 2
Stationery Store in a shopping arcade under an elevated railroad
Image 3
Stationery Store 2nd Floor. Sprayed blue asbestos is on the wall.