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The radiographic features of mesothelioma in patients with industrial exposure to asbestos

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dc.contributor.author Damant PE en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:18:16Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:18:16Z
dc.date.submitted 1997 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/109598
dc.description.abstract Although malignant mesothelioma is a rare tumour in the general population, the incidence is much higher in persons exposed to asbestos. The incidence is rising due to the previous widespread use of asbestos and the extensive mining of the mineral in this country with resultant environmental pollution. The long latent period results in patients, exposed in the 1960's and 1970's, presenting with the disease now. The prognosis has been uniformly poor but recent studies have suggested that early detection combined with more optimal therapeutic options could improve prognosis. A study of the radiographic .presentation.of mesothelioma was performed to attempt to find features which could result in earlier diagnosis. Analysis of the X-rays of 36 cases of biopsy proven mesothelioma and 100 cases of benign asbestos related pleural disease was performed. The presentation of the disease as a unilateral plaque like opacity of greater that 1 cm was statistically significant. This feature has only briefly alluded to in the literature.. The most important aspect of this feature is that, when recognised, it could result in earlier diagnosis of the disease and thus a possible improvement in treatment and prognosis. The interest in o industrial workers' health has been emphasised by the Department of Health in South Africa This should result in more people in industry and particularly those with asbestos exposure having a screening chest x-ray. Those individuals with suspicious features would then be referred to a major centre for further evaluation. en
dc.language English en
dc.title The radiographic features of mesothelioma in patients with industrial exposure to asbestos en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MMed (Diagnostic Radiology) en


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