High Risk of Malignant Mesothelioma and Pleural Plaques in Subjects Born Close to Ophiolites

BAYRAM M., Dongel I., BAKAN N. D. , YALÇIN H., CEVIT R., Dumortier P., ...More

CHEST, vol.143, no.1, pp.164-171, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 143 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1378/chest.11-2727
  • Journal Name: CHEST
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.164-171
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Ophiolites, a special sequence of geologic rock units, are known sources of naturally occurring asbestos. The aim of this study was to test whether the occurrence of malignant mesothelioma (MM) or pleural plaques (PPs) in the province of Sivas, Turkey, is determined by the proximity of the patient's birthplace to ophiolites and, if so, to establish the magnitude of the risk.