A case of asbestosis after 5 years of occupational asbestos exposure is presented. At the postmortem examination, cholelithiasis and a cancer developing from the cystic duct were found and identified histologically as a squamous cell carcinoma. After digesting the tumor tissue, short asbestos bodies and fragments could be identified having a similar shape as those observed in the lung. The possible role of asbestos in the carcinogenesis of the observed bile duct cancer is proposed. The digestive examination of all malignant tumors of any origin after an asbestos exposure is suggested for the identification of the possible presence of ingested asbestos fibers, and to obtain further comprehensive human pathological data.
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- Environmental Science(all)