Inhaled cellulosic and plastic fibers found in human lung tissue.

  title={Inhaled cellulosic and plastic fibers found in human lung tissue.},
  author={John L. Pauly and S J Stegmeier and H A Allaart and Richard T. Cheney and Paul J Zhang and Andrew G. Mayer and R J Streck},
  journal={Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology},
  volume={7 5},
We report the results of studies undertaken to determine whether inhaled plant (i.e., cellulosic; e.g., cotton) and plastic (e.g., polyester) fibers are present in human lungs and, if so, whether inhaled fibers are also present in human lung cancers. Specimens of lung cancer of different histological types and adjacent nonneoplastic lung tissue were obtained from patients undergoing a lung resection for removal of a tumor. With the protection of a laminar flow hood and safeguards to prevent… CONTINUE READING
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