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Lung Disease and Respiratory System

What is pneumoconiosis?

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  • Pneumoconiosis is term for occupational lung disease which results from inhaling various types of dust or particles, often in an industrial or agricultural setting. The offending particles can be coal dust ("black lung" disease), carbon particles from the city air (anthracosis), asbestos fibers (asbestosis), silica granules like fine sand (silicosis), cotton dust (byssinosis), as well as other types of minerals. Although many patients with such exposure can be asymptomatic, wheezing and shortness of breath can be presenting symptoms.
  • Pneumoconiosis is a lung disease. It is caused by breathing in mineral dusts, often in high-risk workplaces like coal mines. Over many years, the dust causes inflammation to the lungs. This results in stiffening of the lungs and problems breathing.

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