Risk Factors for Developing Complications

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Risk Factors for Developing Complications

Patients with pneumoconiosis often develop complications like severe lung disease and cancer. Some factors that increase the risk of complications in the common pneumoconioses include -

Silicosis

► Type of dust - Freshly fractured silica or mixture of silica with clay increases the risk of silicosis

► Peak exposures

► Individual susceptibility to silicosis

► Smoking - Smoking may increase a silicosis patientís risk for cancer

Coal workerís pneumoconiosis

► Carbon content of the dust - Development of fibrosis of the lung in coal workerís pneumoconiosis is more common with anthracite than bituminous dust.

► Smoking - Smoking adds to the lung damage caused by coal workerís pneumoconiosis

► Proportion of silica in the coal dust

► Intensity of the exposure

► Age of the patient

► The patientís immunity

► Presence of tuberculosis in the patient

Asbestosis

► Smoking - Smoking increases the risk of cancer in asbestosis patients.

► Intensity of exposure

► Type of dust

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