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Title: Asbestos bodies burden in the autopsy lung tissue from general thai population
Authors: Pimpin Incharoen
Tuanseeta Hama
Lalida Arsa
Kaettipong Kamprerasart
Sompong Wongwichai
Somchai Bovornkitti
Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
Academy of Science
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2019
Citation: Open Respiratory Medicine Journal. Vol.13, No.1 (2019), 5-10
Abstract: © 2019 Incharoen et al. Background: Chrysotile asbestos has been used in Thailand for over 30 years mainly in asbestos-cement wall and roof tiles. In non-exposed subject, asbestos fiber can contaminate in ambient indoor and outdoor environments. Objective: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the current prevalence and volume of AB load in general Thai population. Methods: Lung tissues were obtained from 200 autopsy cases. Asbestos Bodies (AB) were identified with light microscopy using the tissue digestion and membrane filtration method. Results are reported as AB/g wet lung tissue. Results: AB was identified in 97(48.5%) out of 200 cases. The AB level ranged from 0.19-14.4 AB/g wet lung. Most of the positive cases (99%) have less than 10 AB/g wet lung. Only one case exhibited a high value at 14.4 AB/g wet lung. Age, gender, occupation and hometown were found to have no effect on AB burden in autopsy lung tissue from this study. Conclusion: The prevalence of AB in autopsy lung tissue from general Thai population is 48.5% and the AB level ranges from 0-14.4 AB/g wet lung in consistent with non-occupational asbestos exposure level regarding several reference reports.
ISSN: 18743064
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2019

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