• Alternative Names

    Acute silicosis; Chronic silicosis; Accelerated silicosis; Progressive massive fibrosis; Conglomerate silicosis; Silicoproteinosis

    • Chronic cough
    • Shortness of breath with exercise, usually in patients who have progressive massive fibrosis

    Other symptoms of this disease, especially in acute silicosis:

    • Cough
    • Fever
    • Severe breathing difficulty
    • Weight loss

    Signs and tests

    Your health care provider will take a medical history that includes many questions about your jobs (past and present), hobbies, and other activities that may have exposed you to silica. The health care provider will also do a physical exam.

    Tests to confirm the diagnosis and rule out similar diseases include:

    • Chest x-ray
    • Pulmonary function tests
    • Purified protein derivative (PPD) skin test (for tuberculosis)