coal workers' pneumonoconiosis
coal workers' pneumonoconiosisAnthrasilicosis Lung medicine An occupational lung disease affecting those with prolonged–> 10 yrs exposure to coal dust, which accumulates in the macrophages of peribronchiolar tissues CXR Scarring, nodules in lungs with advanced disease Clinical Early pneumoconiosis is often a 'pathologist's disease'–ie, established by histology, followed, with time, by wheezing, chronic cough, dyspnea, pulmonary HTN, respiratory failure Imaging 2 radiologic patterns of CWP: simple–nodular, which in turn is divided into 3 stages, and complicated Treatment None. See Anthracosis.
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