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Silicosis - acute

  • Definition

    Acute silicosis is lung inflammation due to breathing in large amounts of silica dust or silicon dioxide over several months.

    Alternative Names

    Silicoproteinosis; progressive massive fibrosis

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    The disease occurs mainly in people who work in sandblasting, mining, quarrying, grinding, and those who work in foundries. Silicosis is becoming less common due to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations that require protective equipment.