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Silicosis - acute

  • Alternative Names

    Silicoproteinosis; progressive massive fibrosis

    • Shortness of breath
    • Cough
    • Unintentional weight loss

    Signs and tests

    The mucous membranes may have a bluish color (cyanosis). Often, the doctor can hear abnormal lung sounds with a stethoscope.

    Tests that may be done include:

    • Chest x-ray
    • Pulmonary function tests
    • Arterial blood gases
    • Chest CT scan
    • Lung biopsy
    • Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)
    • Sputum analysis