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Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Causes

When inhaled, silica dust embeds in the alveolar sacs and ducts of the lungs causing white blood cells to release series of cytokines. This stimulates fibroblasts and resulting in fibrosis. Silicon-based radicals such as hydroxyl, hydrogen peroxide, and oxygen radicals may also be created by the silicon dust. These compounds damage other cells of the lungs. The most common form of the disease is the chronic type, which develops after a person's exposure to low levels of silica dust within a period of 20 years or more.

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Definition

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a lung disease due to the inhalation of fine silica dust.

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of the disease are the same with those of the common cold excluding those affecting the nose and head. These symptoms may be rapid breathing, severe coughing, or a hoarse throat. Patients may also loss their appetite, experience chest pain and may be more susceptible to tuberculosis.

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Treatment

The disease has no cure and patients do not have a chance of recovery. However, their symptoms may be alleviated by avoiding exposure to other particles that damage the lungs, undergoing lung transplantation, and physiotherapy for the chest. They may also take cough suppressants or antibiotics and anti-tubercular agents to prevent the development of tuberculosis.

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