Ornella Picchi

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The aim of this study was to elucidate the site and detailed nature of peripheral nerve damage induced in the rat by chronic CS2 inhalation exposure in the light of the relationship between pathological and neurophysiological data. Adult male rats were exposed to 700 ppm of CS2 2 h/d, 5 d/week for 12 weeks and then followed-up for 18 weeks. The first(More)
The non-carcinogenic effects of vitreous fibres on the human respiratory apparatus have been the subjects of numerous studies on large exposed populations. No evidence seems to have been produced of the existence of a fibrogenic effect. However, no definite and agreed opinion has yet been expressed by the main Agencies and Institutions working in the field(More)
BACKGROUND We recently described asbestos risk in the non-asbestos textile industry as the result of fibre dispersion from ceilings, pipe insulation and machines. OBJECTIVES The widespread use of brakes with asbestos linings on the machines as well as other functional details were considered for a proper evaluation of their role in producing atmospheric(More)
The paper describes a case of chronic interstitial lung disease due to exposure to hard metals, with progressive global respiratory insufficiency, treated with single lung transplant. Clinical conditions improved gradually after the operation and after more than two years the patient was in good health and had resumed an almost normal life and relationships.
In order to define the need for removal versus conservative interventions regarding asbestos-cement roofs and the possible priorities, visual judgement of the state of deterioration or assessments based on the weight of the superficial friable material that can be removed with adhesives are not sufficient. Since in similar deterioration conditions the(More)
A study was made via a clinical approach in the absence of environmental data with the aim of demonstrating a possible past exposure to asbestos in a working population that had never been examined before nor had ever undergone any specific health checks. It was deemed useful to compare this working population with a control population not exposed to(More)
Olfactory testing has been of minor interest in Occupational Health due to the lack of testing methods able to detect malingering. On the other hand there is evidence that occupational exposure to several, mainly neurotoxic, substances may result in olfactory damage. We have combined three different testing methods in one package in order to assure a(More)
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