Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pulmonary Silicosis Outlook

What to expect with silicosis:

  • The outlook depends upon:
    • How long the person is exposed
    • How much dust is present in the air during the exposure
  • Mild exposures may not cause symptoms.
  • Severe exposures can result in heart failure and respiratory failure.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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