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How does black lung disease affect the body?

When coal dust is inhaled over several months or years, it can collect in the lungs and form deposits around the lung airways, which are called bronchioles. Initially, these deposits may cause very few symptoms. However, in about 1 to 2 percent of all people with the disease, these deposits can congregate and causes scarring, a condition known as progressive massive fibrosis. In some cases, the scarring can destroy portions of the lung and blood vessels. In time, this can lead to serious respiratory problems, including respiratory failure.

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Can black lung disease be prevented?
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Black lung disease is caused by environmental factors, so it is completely preventable and can be av...
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What causes black lung disease?
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Inhaled coal dust is the culprit in black lung disease, also known as coal worker's pneumoconiosis. ...
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How does black lung disease affect other illnesses?
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Black lung disease is not caused by any other illness, and can only develop from long-term exposure ...
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What is the prognosis of black lung disease?
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In its simple form, black lung disease causes few, if any, symptoms. Most people who have black lung...
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