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The pneumoconioses group of lung disease caused by the inhalation of particulates.[1] They are often related to occupation.


Can be subdivided into fibrosing and non-fibrosis.[1]

Fibrosing pneumoconioses:[1]

Specific entities

Coal workers' pneumoconiosis

  • AKA coal workers' lung.


  • Exposure to coal dust.
  • Impact on respiratory function variable.[2]


  • Upper lung predominant.
    • Radiology identical to silicosis.[3]



  • Anthrocosis - black pigment in the lymphatics and lymph nodes.
  • +/-Fibrosis
    • Contains black pigment.
  • +/-Necrosis.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chong, S.; Lee, KS.; Chung, MJ.; Han, J.; Kwon, OJ.; Kim, TS.. "Pneumoconiosis: comparison of imaging and pathologic findings.". Radiographics 26 (1): 59-77. doi:10.1148/rg.261055070. PMID 16418244.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mitchell, Richard; Kumar, Vinay; Fausto, Nelson; Abbas, Abul K.; Aster, Jon (2011). Pocket Companion to Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (8th ed.). Elsevier Saunders. pp. 375. ISBN 978-1416054542.
  3. URL: Accessed on: 20 February 2012.

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