Occupational Lung Diseases

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Occupational Lung Diseases:

Result from occupational exposures to inhaled dusts, solvents, powders, gases, fumes etc.

Nail dust puts Pods at risk.

Coal-Workers’ Lung Disease:

Silicosis:
Progressive disease characterised by nodular lesions, leading to fibrosis in those who work around silica dust (eg foundry workers). Pathological changes result from inhalation and pulmonary deposition of crystalline silicon dust.

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Asbestosis:
Characterised by diffuse interstitial pulmonary fibrosis after long term exposure to airborne particles of asbestos – develops up to 10-15yrs following exposure.

Treatment – chest physiotherapy (postural drainage); mucolytics

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