Update on respiratory disease from coal mine and silica dust

Robert Cohen*, Valerie Velho

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Coal mine and silica dust cause significant respiratory disease in spite of modem dust control regulations. Susceptible individuals in exposed populations may develop fibrosing lung disease, obstructive airways disease, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, or lung cancer. A careful occupational history that elicits exposure to respiratory hazards is the cornerstone of an accurate diagnosis. Treatment involves removal from exposure, supportive care, pulmonary rehabilitation, and when disabling disease is present, assistance obtaining compensation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)811-826
Number of pages16
JournalClinics in Chest Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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