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Occupational Lung Disease Overview

Another name for Occupational Lung Disease is Pneumoconiosis.

What is a pneumoconiosis?
A person with pneumoconiosis has damage to the lungs, caused by years of exposure to some type of dust, such as coal, silica or asbestos.

What are the symptoms of a pneumoconiosis?
Initial symptoms of pneumoconiosis include a cough, wheezing, and difficulty breathing during exertion. Symptoms of severe pneumoconiosis include shortness of breath at rest, leg swelling, and chest pain.

How does the doctor treat a pneumoconiosis?
There is no cure for pneumoconiosis. Treatment for pneumoconiosis may include antibiotics, bronchodilator medications, inhaled corticosteroids, and home oxygen therapy.

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Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Occupational Lung Disease References
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