Pulmonary fibrosis in a patient with exposure to glass wool fibers

Alexander Guber*, Shimshon Lerman, Yehuda Lerman, Eli Ganor, Israel Trajber, Evgeny Edelstein, Elizabeth Fireman

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Abstract

Glass wool or vitreous fibers are non-crystalline, fibrous inorganic substances (silicates) made primarily from rock, slag, glass, or other processed minerals. They belong to the man-made mineral fibers (MMMFs) group and their respiratory effects are well described by De Vuyst et al. [1995]. The authors pointed out the absence of firm evidence that exposure to these fibers is associated with lung fibrosis, pleural lesions, or non-specific respiratory disease in humans. Because of this observation, we find it of importance to present a case of interstitial fibrosis, which implies a direct association between long-term exposure to glass wool and the clinical outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1066-1069
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume49
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Keywords

  • Glass wool fibers
  • Induced sputum
  • Man-made mineral fibers (MMMFs)
  • Pulmonary interstitial fibrosis

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