How many types of pneumoconiosis are there?
There are several types of pneumoconiosis; rather, the disease is given different names based on the type of dust that led to the affliction in the particular patient:
- Coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (also known as “black lung” – sometimes called anthracosis): caused by exposure to coal dust.
- Asbestosis : caused by the inhalation and retention of asbestos fibers.
- Silicosis: caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust.
- Bauxite fibrosis (also known as Shaver’s disease, corundum smelter’s lung, bauxite lung): a progressive form caused by exposure to bauxite fumes
- Berylliosis: caused by exposure to Beryllium and its compounds
- Siderosis: deposition of iron in tissue
- Byssinosis (also known as “brown lung disease” or “Monday fever”) : caused by exposure to cotton dust.
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