Alessandro Brollo

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Latency periods (time intervals elapsing between first exposure to asbestos and death) were examined in 421 cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma, diagnosed in the Trieste-Monfalcone area, Italy. Occupational data were collected from the patients or from their relatives by personal or telephone interviews. Routine lung sections were examined for asbestos(More)
BACKGROUND Pleural mesothelioma is a rare condition with a poor prognosis. The area of Monfalcone, North East Italy, provided a unique opportunity to study the disease because of its past heavy exposure to asbestos in local harbors and shipyards and its high necropsy rates. METHODS The effects of various patient and tumor characteristics on survival were(More)
Autopsy samples from eight former shipyard workers were collected from lung parenchyma, tracheal lymph nodes, and pleural plaques. The tissue from each respective area was prepared by a modified bleach digestion technique, and the residue was collected on a 0.2-micron pore polycarbonate or 0.22-micron mixed cellulose ester filter. Quantitation of(More)
A series of 557 malignant mesotheliomas of the pleura diagnosed in the Trieste-Monfalcone area, Italy, in the period 1968-2000 were reviewed. The series included 492 men and 65 women, aged between 32 and 93 years (median age 69 years). Necropsy findings were available in 456 cases (82%). Occupational histories were obtained from the patients themselves or(More)
The Monfalcone area, in northeastern Italy, is a small industrial territory (population about 60,000), with a large shipyard. Between October 1979 and April 1992, ninety-two malignant mesotheliomas were diagnosed at the Monfalcone Hospital. The series included 84 men and 8 women, aged 42 to 89 years (median age 68 years). There were 89 pleural and 3(More)
A survey of 610 pleural mesotheliomas disclosed 40 familial cases. The diagnosis was histologically based in 39 cases, and confirmed by necropsy in 30. Occupational data were collected from the patients or from their relatives by personal interviews. Routine lung sections were examined for asbestos bodies in 32 cases. In 15 cases asbestos bodies were(More)
We present a case of primary pericardial mesothelioma occurring in an asbestos-exposed 67-year-old man who underwent four aortocoronary bypass grafting seven years prior to the onset of the mesothelioma. Primary pericardial mesothelioma is a rare tumor whose association with asbestos is more infrequent than that of the much more common pleural form. Factors(More)
BACKGROUND The study of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and multiple primary malignant tumors (MPMTs) is interesting from an etiopathogenetic as well as from a clinical point of view. There are few studies dealing with this topic. METHODS Smoking habits, alcohol intake, HBsAg status, alpha-feto-protein serum concentration, presence of liver(More)
The Monfalcone area, northeastern Italy, is a small industrial district (population 60,000), with a large shipyard. In order to monitor asbestos exposure in this area, a series of 3,640 necropsies, carried out at the Monfalcone Hospital between October 1979 and September 1998, were investigated. The thoracic cavities were examined for pleural plaques; these(More)