Silicosis

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Acute-Accelerated & Chronic Types

Silicosis may be classified based on clinical pictures and time course in relation to silica exposure

Acute silicosis: here alveolar filling process follows heavy exposure within a few years

Accelerated silicosis: occurs within 5 to 10 years of exposure

Chronic silicosis: it develops after a long latent period

An advanced form of chronic or accelerated silicosis has been described as conglomerate silicosis (complicated silicosis) is characterized by widespread masses of fibrosis

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Hi Sincerely seeking some professional advice here. I have been exposed to an incident of inhaling silica dust for some 2 hours at a quartz, granite, marble polishing and grinding foundry [as I was tasked to select marble for our new office renovation]. The dust concentration in the enclosure is strong in my opinion (air is of a dusty white fog with strong smell of the stones). Now I noticed phelgm and mild coughing. Do I need an X-Ray examination for symptoms of silicosis? Also, since silica gets retained would anyone who inhaled silica dust, even if of a one off incident eventually develop symptoms of silicosis? Thank you

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