Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lung Disease from Quartz Underlying Cause

Silicosis is caused by inhaling silica (quartz) dust.

Sources of stone dust that cause silicosis include:

  • Foundries
  • Granite cutting
  • Metal mining
  • Packers of silica flour
  • Quarrying
  • Sandblasting
  • Sandstone cutting

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Last Updated: Jul 10, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Lung Disease from Quartz References
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