Death certificate categorization of malignant pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma in a cohort of asbestos insulation workers

J. Ribak*, R. Lilis, Y. Suzuki, L. Penner, I. J. Selikoff

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Abstract

Accuracy of diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma (pleural and peritoneal) was studied in a cohort of asbestos insulation workers in the United States and Canada. Initial clinical diagnosis, clinical diagnosis at death and death certificate diagnosis were compared with the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma ascertained by full data review at the Division of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York ('best evidence'). In both groups the death certificate diagnosis was somewhat less frequently accurate than clinical diagnosis at death. Knowledge of the patients' occupational history by the attending physician and its relation to accuracy of diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma is considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-139
Number of pages3
JournalOccupational Medicine
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1991
Externally publishedYes

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