Scanning electron microscopic examination of human asbestos bodies.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Asbestos bodies represent the product of the macrophage's attempt to detoxify inhaled asbestos fibers. The process of asbestos body maturation was examined by scanning electron microscopy of material isolated from lungs of former asbestos workers. The results suggest that the progression from a membrane-bound, smooth coating of the fiber, to the typically beaded form may be caused by cracking and subsequent erosion due to the inspiratory and expiratory forces of the lung on the asbestos body.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mace, ML; McLemore, TL; Roggli, V; Brinkley, BR; Greenberg, SD

Published Date

  • April 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 95 - 104

PubMed ID

  • 7379046

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0304-3835

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0304-3835(80)90112-3


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland