Revue des Maladies Respiratoires.. 2012 Nov;29(9):1127-31. doi: 10.1016/j.rmr.2012.04.008. Epub 2012 Jul 23 [Article in French]. [Link]

De Vuyst P, Remmelink M, Mekinda Z, Thimpont J, Dumortier P, Gevenois PA.

Service de pneumologie, hôpital Erasme, université Libre de Bruxelles, 808, route de Lennik, 1070 Bruxelles, Belgique. Electronic address:


A diagnosis of asbestosis, lung fibrosis due to asbestos exposure, was proposed in 2003 in a 64-year-old woman on the basis of the history, computed tomography appearances, lung function studies, and biometric data. This diagnosis was confirmed by the pathological examination of a lung lobe resected surgically for bronchial carcinoma in 2010. The diagnosis of asbestosis is now rarely made as a result of a substantial decrease in dust exposure over the past decades and mainly because of the interdiction of asbestos use in western countries. Currently, the most frequent thoracic manifestations of asbestos exposure are benign pleural lesions and mesothelioma. It has also become exceptional to have pathological confirmation of the diagnosis, obtained in this woman thanks to the surgical treatment of another complication of her occupational exposure.