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J Occup Environ Med. 2019 Oct 10. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001723. [Epub ahead of print]

Mesothelioma Associated with the Use of Cosmetic Talc.

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Northwell Health Department of Occupational Medicine Epidemiology and Prevention, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell; 175 Community Drive, Great Neck, NY 11021 (Moline), Northwell Health Department of Occupational Medicine Epidemiology and Prevention; 175 Community Drive, Great Neck, NY 11021 (Bevilacqua), Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell; 500 Hofstra Blvd, Hempstead, NY 11549 (Alexandri), The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Pathology; One Gustave L Levy Pl, New York, NY 10029 (Gordon).

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe exposures to talcum powder leading to mesothelioma among 33 individuals as a non-occupational asbestos exposure.

METHODS:

Cases were referred for medico-legal evaluation, and tissue digestions were performed in some cases. Tissue digestion for the six cases described was done according to standard methodology RESULTS:: Asbestos of the type found in talcum powder was found in all six cases evaluated.. Talcum powder usage was the only source of asbestos for all 33 cases.

CONCLUSIONS:

Exposure to asbestos-contaminated talcum powders can cause mesothelioma. Clinicians should elicit a history of talcum powder usage in all patients presenting with mesothelioma.

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