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Pneumoconiosis due to silica

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Disease or Syndrome
Synonyms: Silicoses; Silicosis
SNOMED CT: Pneumoconiosis due to silica (805002); Silicosis (805002); Silicatosis (805002); Nodular silicosis (805002)


An occupational lung disorder caused by the inhalation of silica dust. It results in the inflammation and scarring of the upper lobes of the lungs. It may be an acute or chronic disorder. In the acute form, patients develop shortness of breath, fever, and cyanosis. In the chronic form patients, develop progressive shortness of breath. [from NCI]

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