Pneumoconiosis is the accumulation of dust in the lungs. It causes
shortness of breath and coughing.
Specific types of pneumoconiosis include:
There is no treatment for many types of pneumoconiosis. This
condition can increase the risk for developing emphysema, tuberculosis, and
chronic bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD). If
pneumoconiosis progresses to one of these diseases, it may seriously impair
quality of life. Some types of pneumoconiosis increase a person's risk for cancer.
November 29, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
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