Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

A chronic lung disorder characterized by deposition of coal dust in the lung parenchyma leading to the formation of black nodules and emphysema. It occurs in coal miners.

Symptoms of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

The following features are indicative of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis:
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • coughing up of black sputum

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Common Causes of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

The following are the most common causes of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis:
  • long term exposure to coal dust

Risk Factors for Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis:
  • common among coal miners

Prevention of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Coalworker's pneumoconiosis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • wear a protective mask while working
  • occupational companies should implement the maximum permitted dust levels
  • avoid smoke consumption

Occurrence of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

Common Age Group

Coalworker's pneumoconiosis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Coalworker's pneumoconiosis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Coalworker's pneumoconiosis:
  • Chest x-ray: Produces images of lungs to diagnose and to treat medical conditions of lung diseases
  • Chest CT scan (Computed tomography): Provides detailed images of internal structures of lungs
  • Lung function tests: Helps to detect functioning of lungs

Complications of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis if untreated

Yes, Coalworker's pneumoconiosis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Coalworker's pneumoconiosis is left untreated:
  • progressive massive fibrosis
  • chronic bronchitis
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • cor pulmonale
  • respiratory failure

Self-care for Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis:
  • Wear a protective mask while working: Mask protection helps to avoid exposure to coal dust in occupational sites

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis:
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation: Helps to learn ways to breathe in better way
  • Oxygen therapy: Helps to provide oxygen in emergency conditions of Coal Workers pneumoconiosis

Time for Treatment of Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Coalworker's pneumoconiosis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • More than 1 year

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

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