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CT Findings in People Who Were Environmentally Exposed to Asbestos in Korea

Title
CT Findings in People Who Were Environmentally Exposed to Asbestos in Korea
Authors
Lee, Eun KyoungKim, Jeung SookKim, YookyungPark, Jai Soung
Ewha Authors
김유경
SCOPUS Author ID
김유경scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF KOREAN MEDICAL SCIENCE
ISSN
1011-8934JCR Link1598-6357JCR Link
Citation
vol. 30, no. 12, pp. 1896 - 1901
Keywords
AsbestosEnvironmental ExposurePulmonary FibrosisAsbestosisPlaqueMultidetector Computed Tomography
Publisher
KOREAN ACAD MEDICAL SCIENCES
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
Asbestos related pleuropulmonary disease has been emerging health problem for recent years. It can cause variable clinical symptoms and radiological abnormalities. However, there has been no report for their characteristics in subjects who were environmentally exposed to asbestos. We reviewed the CT images of 35 people who were environmentally exposed to asbestos in Chungnam province, Korea. The study result showed high incidence of pleural plaque and pulmonary fibrosis on chest CT (94% and 77%, respectively). The common CT findings of lung parenchymal lesions were as follows: centrilobular opacities (94%), subpleural dot-like or branching opacities (80%), interlobular septal thickening (57%), intralobular interstitial thickening (46%), parenchymal bands (43%) and subpleural curvilinear line (29%). There were no significant differences in the prevalence of pulmonary fibrosis and pleural plaques according to sex, age and duration of exposure. In conclusion, pleural plaque and pulmonary fibrosis are common asbestos-related CT finding in the exposed people. Asbestos related lung parenchymal CT findings in the participants with environmental exposure show similar to those observed in the occupational exposure.
DOI
10.3346/jkms.2015.30.12.1896
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