Silicosis

Description, Symptoms, Evolution, Prophylaxis, Treatment.

It is the most frequent and severe pneumoconiosis due to the chronic inhalation of silicon dioxide. It is characterised by progressive and intense fibrosis frequently complicated with pulmonary tuberculosis. The disease occurs in workers working in the mining industry, quartz quarry, sandstone, granite quarries or their processing, tunnel perforation, metallurgical industry, glass factories, etc.

Symptoms

Usually, silicosis is discovered during the radiological examinations of exposed workers.

Silicosis symptoms consists of clinical signs like dyspnoea, toddler pain, dry cough at first followed by expiration. Physical signs appear late and are discrete, insignificant. Evolution is slow and progressive. Once the disease develops, the condition continues even if the patient is removed from the contaminated atmosphere. The most common complications are pulmonary emphysema, chronic bronchitis, spontaneous pneumothorax, respiratory failure, chronic pulmonary cord.

Pulmonary tuberculosis is one of the most severe complications. The clinical form is called silicotuberculosis and occurs in the advanced stages of silicosis.

Prophylaxis

Prevention is the basis of treatment. It is also based on the mandatory hiring requirement, periodic preventive checks and especially the removal from the silicogenic environment of the patients found in early stages.

Treatment

Silicosis treatment only addresses in complications or symptoms: corticosteroid, tuberculostatic,tonicardic, etc.

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