Pneumoconiosis is the accumulation of dust in the lungs. It causes
shortness of breath and coughing.
Specific types of pneumoconiosis include:
Silicosis, the accumulation of silicon dioxide
Black lung disease, or coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWF),
the accumulation of coal dust.
Asbestosis, the accumulation of
asbestos fibers in the lungs.
There is no treatment for many types of pneumoconiosis. This
condition can increase the risk for developing emphysema, tuberculosis, and
chronic bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD). If
pneumoconiosis progresses to one of these diseases, it may seriously impair
quality of life. Some types of pneumoconiosis increase a person's risk for cancer.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology