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Pneumoconiosis is the accumulation of dust in the lungs often from occupational exposure. It may cause inflammation, shortness of breath, coughing, and scarring of the lungs.
Specific types of pneumoconiosis include:
There is no treatment for many types of pneumoconiosis. This condition can increase the risk for developing COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Some types can increase your risk of tuberculosis and other infections. Pneumoconiosis may seriously impair quality of life. Some types can increase a person's risk for cancer.
Current as of: February 18, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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