Symptoms and Signs
Productive cough may occur. With the progression of the disease breath sounds diminish.
Advanced cases may present with:
► Pulmonary consolidation
► Pulmonary hypertension
► Respiratory failure with or without right ventricular failure (heart failure)
Acute silicosis patients experience:
► rapid progress of dyspnoea
► weight loss
► fatigue with diffuse bilateral crackles.
Respiratory failure often arises within 2 yr.
Conglomerate silicosis (complicated silicosis) causes severe, chronic respiratory symptoms.