How do other illnesses affect siderosis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Siderosis can be used as a marker of how much exposure a worker has had to toxic fumes and dust. This is important because conditions like lung fibrosis and silicosis may be present along with siderosis. While the siderosis did not produce these other conditions, the associated dust and fumes from work likely had a direct effect on the worker's health. Some researchers think that welding fumes can be as harmful to health as smoking.

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