Coal mine dust lung disease: New lessons from an old exposure

Edward L. Petsonk*, Cecile Rose, Robert Cohen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Coal mining remains a sizable industry, with millions of working and retired coal miners worldwide. This article provides an update on recent advances in the understanding of respiratory health issues in coal miners and focuses on the spectrum of disease caused by inhalation of coal mine dust, termed coal mine dust lung disease. In addition to the historical interstitial lung diseases (coal worker's pneumoconiosis, silicosis, and mixed dust pneumoconiosis), coal miners are at risk for dust-related diffuse fibrosis and chronic airway diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Recent recognition of rapidly progressive pneumoconiosis in younger miners, mainly in the eastern United States, has increased the sense of urgency and the need for vigilance in medical research, clinical diagnosis, and exposure prevention. Given the risk for disease progression even after exposure removal, along with few medical treatment options, there is an important role for chest physicians in the recognition and management of lung disease associated with work in coal mining.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1178-1185
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Volume187
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

Keywords

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Coal mining
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Silicosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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