Korean J Pathol.  1999 May;33(5):361-366.

Analysis of Pulmonary Asbestos Body in Malignant Mesothelioma: A case report

  • 1Department of Pathology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 110-744, Korea.


The association between occupational asbestos exposure and the subsequent development of malignant mesothelioma of pleura is well recognized. We analyzed an asbestos body by energy dispersive X-ray analyser in a case of malignant mesothelioma of pleura who had a history of asbestos exposure 30 years ago. In transmission electron microscope, the asbestos body was composed of a core of refractile thin asbestos fiber bundle and beaded masses of electron-dense iron and protein complex. The core fibers were analyzed as an amphibole type crocidolite fiber [(Na2Fe3Fe2(Si8O22)(OH)2] which composed of high content of silicon, iron and sodium.


Malignant mesothelioma; Asbestos body; Analytical electron microscopy
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