Shrinking pleuritis with atelectasis is a disease in which a compression atelectasis of the lung is caused by shrinking of the inflamed visceral pleura. This reaction has been attributed to asbestos. By means of scanning electron microscopy, with computerised x ray spectrophotometry and x ray diffraction analysis, tissue samples from the lymph nodes of patients with the disease and control subjects were examined for other particles of possible aetiological importance. The results would suggest, however, that asbestos is the most important factor in the aetiology of shrinking pleuritis with atelectasis.
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