Causes of Pneumoconiosis

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Causes of Pneumoconiosis

The most common types of pneumoconiosis include -

► Silicosis – from silica crystals such as quartz. It is commonly seen in mining, quarrying, sandblasting and tunneling industries

► Asbestosis – from asbestos dust. It is commonly seen in ship-building and construction industries

► Coal workers pneumoconiosis – from coal dust. It is commonly seen in coal miners.

Other less common forms include –

► Berylliosis – from beryllium

► Bauxite fibrosis – from bauxite dust

► Talcosis – from talc (hydrated magnesium silicate)

► Siderosis – from iron oxide

► Tanosis – from tin oxide

► Baritosis – from barium sulfate

► Byssinosis – from cotton dust

► Mixed dust pneumoconiosis – from a mixture of dusts

► Hard metal pneumoconiosis – from certain metals like cobalt

In addition, others dust such as aluminum, barium, antimony, graphite, kaolin and mica can also cause pneumoconiosis.

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