Silicosis

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Occupational lung disease: These are lung diseases associated with occupational exposure to harmful inhalants.

Pneumoconiosis: It is a general term for lung disease caused by inhalation of mineral dust.

Pulmonary function tests: Tests that measure the efficiency of the lungs in exchanging gases.

Rheumatoid arthritis: a systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs. Joints are typically affected.

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Kenneth8301 Friday, October 7, 2011

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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