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CASE REPORT
A case from India of pleural malignant mesothelioma probably due to domestic and environmental asbestos exposure: a posthumous report
  1. Venkiteswaran Muralidhar1,
  2. Pankaja Raghav2,
  3. Prianka Das3 and
  4. Akhil Goel2
  1. 1 General Surgery, Chettinad Medical College, Chennai, India
  2. 2 Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodphur, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
  3. 3 Community Medicine, National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dhaka, Dhaka District, Bangladesh
  1. Correspondence to Venkiteswaran Muralidhar, murlidharv{at}gmail.com

Abstract

India is the largest consumer of asbestos in the world. There is no report from India of mesothelioma related to asbestos. The case is a 42-year-old man who died of pleural mesothelioma. He was exposed to asbestos domestically and from the environment since birth. Two of his close family members worked in a factory that used asbestos. The living quarter of the family was within the premises of the factory. Asbestos waste was strewn on the grounds surrounding the quarters. After decades of legal battles by workers and families exposed to asbestos, Indian courts have ordered remedial measures and compensation to people, who are exposed to asbestos at work and the environment. Mesothelioma, currently in epidemic proportions in the west where asbestos production was banned in the 1990s, could rise to alarming levels in the next decades in India if the legal remedial measures are not implemented soon.

  • cancer
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  • Contributors VM conceived the case, analysed and wrote the paper. PR gave reference advice. PD gave reference advice. AG gave some references.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Next of kin consent obtained.

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