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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    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
    Issue number12
    StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006


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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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