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Dr. Lawrence Kale
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Berylliosis (Overview)

This disease occurs after prolonged breathing of metal particles. Go to this link for more information - https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tfacts4.pdf


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Describe the features of berylliosis.?

Describe the features of berylliosis.?

Rare condition from: ...Occupational exposure to beryllium ("be"; a heavy metal). Formerly used in flourescent lights, its now almost exclusively used in the aerospace industry. Be dust is inhaled and can stimulate the immune system like an allergen. Lung disease can be acute like infection or a chronic condition, similar to sarcoid. Individual susceptibility varies probably by genetic variation. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kale
27 doctors shared insights

Berylliosis (Overview)

This disease occurs after prolonged breathing of metal particles. Go to this link for more information - https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tfacts4.pdf


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What symptoms typically go along with berylliosis?

Often none, but...: Berylllium (used in the aerospace industry, and long ago in fluorescent light-bulb production) is a heavy metal that some can react to with an immune response. Since it is inhaled the response can affect the lungs and the lymph nodes in the chest. The immune response can cause scarring that leads to cough, shortness of breath, and enlarged lymph nodes (which by themselves are harmless). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of berylliosis?

Many: Dyspnea (shortness of breath), usually of insidious onset, is the most common symptom. Other symptoms include the following: cough, chest pain, arthralgia (joint pains), fatigue and weight loss. ...Read more

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I saw a doctor who diagnosed berylliosis. Now he wants to do treatment. I suspect he is churning. What is significance of the condition?

Beryllium Disease: First, i'd want to know what your exposure was. Second, i'd want to know if you're symptomatic. Third, i'd want to know how you were diagnosed. Not all beryllium disease is symptomatic and therefore does not necessarily require treatment. The most important form of treatment is removal from further exposure. If you are symptomatic, then medical management may be necessary. ...Read more

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What are the tests for berylliosis?

Blood and biopsy: A blood test can be performed that shows evidence of sensitization to beryllium using something celled the beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (belpt). Belpt can also be performed on bronchoalveolar lavage (bal) washings. Lastly, a lung biopsy can also be performed in certain cases to help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I know some people are more likely to get berylliosis than others. Which ones?

Occupational: This is an occupational disorder. Older (decades ago) flourescent light bulbs were made with berylium (be). Nowdays it is used mostly in aerospace manufacturing. People in jet engine plants for high-speed aircraft, missiles, space vehicles and satellites. Its lightweight, and strong. People working in these industries are more likely to come into contact with be dust. ...Read more

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How is berylliosis diagnosed?

How is berylliosis diagnosed?

Complex: The evaluation to see if beryllium exposure is producing illness is actually quite complex. It involves a number of specialized blood tests and may even require lavage specimens obtained during bronchoscopy. For starters, documentation of significant exposure to beryllium would be helpful. ...Read more

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What are the tests for berylliosis?

Blood and biopsy: A blood test can be performed that shows evidence of sensitization to beryllium using something celled the beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test (belpt). Belpt can also be performed on bronchoalveolar lavage (bal) washings. Lastly, a lung biopsy can also be performed in certain cases to help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of berylliosis?

Many: Dyspnea (shortness of breath), usually of insidious onset, is the most common symptom. Other symptoms include the following: cough, chest pain, arthralgia (joint pains), fatigue and weight loss. ...Read more

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Describe the features of berylliosis.?

Rare condition from: ...Occupational exposure to beryllium ("be"; a heavy metal). Formerly used in flourescent lights, its now almost exclusively used in the aerospace industry. Be dust is inhaled and can stimulate the immune system like an allergen. Lung disease can be acute like infection or a chronic condition, similar to sarcoid. Individual susceptibility varies probably by genetic variation. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have berylliosis?

What should I do if I have berylliosis?

No easy cure: I trust you have an attorney and that you are not a smoker. Whether to try corticosteroids or methotrexate for severe cases is controversial. If you are in need of a lung transplant, I hope you are able to get this. If you merely have some exposure and possibly some x-ray lesions but feel well, be thankful for good heath and go on with your life, expecting little or no further trouble. ...Read more

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What's the significance of having berylliosis?

Beryylium disease: The significance is that the individual now has been diagnosed with a medical condition that may or may not require treatment. "berylliosis" is an old term used to signify acute pulmonary beryllium disease where the person had a fairly large exposure, usually to a more dissolvable form. Chronic beryllium disease typically occurs after frequent but mostly smaller exposures to less soluble forms. ...Read more

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What symptoms typically go along with berylliosis?

Often none, but...: Berylllium (used in the aerospace industry, and long ago in fluorescent light-bulb production) is a heavy metal that some can react to with an immune response. Since it is inhaled the response can affect the lungs and the lymph nodes in the chest. The immune response can cause scarring that leads to cough, shortness of breath, and enlarged lymph nodes (which by themselves are harmless). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Berylliosis?

What is the definition or description of: Berylliosis?

Chronic lung disease: This disease occurs after prolonged breathing of metal particles. Go to this link for more information - https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tfacts4.pdf ...Read more

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I know some people are more likely to get berylliosis than others. Which ones?

Occupational: This is an occupational disorder. Older (decades ago) flourescent light bulbs were made with berylium (be). Nowdays it is used mostly in aerospace manufacturing. People in jet engine plants for high-speed aircraft, missiles, space vehicles and satellites. Its lightweight, and strong. People working in these industries are more likely to come into contact with be dust. ...Read more

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Are chronic and acute berylliosis different?

Sure: Just depends on symptoms and severity. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How to determine whether I have sarcoidosis or berylliosis?

How to determine whether I have sarcoidosis or berylliosis?

Blood tests: Yes blood tests can help to support sarcoidosis diagnosis along with path results ...So an astute physician can make that diagnosis. ...Read more

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I saw a doctor who diagnosed berylliosis. Now he wants to do treatment. I suspect he is churning. What is significance of the condition?

Beryllium Disease: First, i'd want to know what your exposure was. Second, i'd want to know if you're symptomatic. Third, i'd want to know how you were diagnosed. Not all beryllium disease is symptomatic and therefore does not necessarily require treatment. The most important form of treatment is removal from further exposure. If you are symptomatic, then medical management may be necessary. ...Read more

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What is m.R.S.A.?

What is m.R.S.A.?

See below: Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. It is a bacteria (s. Aureus) that is resistant to methicillin, an antibiotic. This makes it resistant to several other standard antibiotics and also gives it a unique virulence due to its genetics. ...Read more

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Can you die from s.V.T?

Can you die from s.V.T?

Usually not serious: Death from svt must be extremely rare, if ever. It is usually managed as outpatient. ...Read more

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What is sjögren’s syndrome?

What is sjögren’s syndrome?

Dryness arthritis: Typically it is dryness of eyes, mouth, arthritis, swelling of salivary glands. ...Read more

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My b/s is 564 what should I do?

My b/s is 564 what should I do?

Need to seek trtmt: I am not an expert here but having elevated blood sugars this high for too long can be life threatening and lead to permanent organ damage. Could land you in a diabetic coma. You need to seek medical attention with an internist, family practice doc, or endocrinologist to get this under check. ...Read more

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How is sjögren’s formally diagnosed?

How is sjögren’s formally diagnosed?

Several ways: History, physical examination, lab tests for sjogren's antibodies and on occasion a "lip biopsy" removing some minor salivary glands from inside the lower lip to examine them microscopically. ...Read more

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Hello my name 's benz. I have a headag?

Sorry: Sorry, you're going to have to clarify your question. ...Read more

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What medicines should be taken in i.b.s?

What medicines should be taken in i.b.s?

Depends: Depends on what type of IBS you have… Constipation type we have a few different medications, for diarrhea type there are fewer options. Before diagnosing yourself with IBS though, make sure you have colonoscopy and EGD and labs done and an examination as IBS is what we call a diagnosis of exclusion, where we "rule Out" other causes then call it IBS. ...Read more

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What are some of the manifestations of p.T.S.D?

What are some of the  manifestations of p.T.S.D?

PTSD symptoms: Persistent re-experiencing of a traumatic event that threatened death or serious injury, or that one witnessed in another. Persistent avoidance of stimuli which might remind one of the event, and generalized numbing. Symptoms of increased arousal such as intense anxiety, difficulty falling asleep, nightmares if you do sleep, exaggerated "startle" responses, and hypervigolance are also common. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting military waiver(s)?

What are the chances of getting military waiver(s)?

Possible MOS reclass: Are you asking about a waiver to get in, or to stay in? Regs to get in are of course more stringent than regs to stay in. After you've gone through Basic, AIT, and spent time serving, the military will rightly try to keep you, since you have valuable training & experience. It all boils down to safety. You've got to pass the PFT & perform basic soldiering duties in an austere environment to stay in ...Read more

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Is there any contraindicatios /ri s k s w I t h b 12 shots?

Is there  any contraindicatios /ri s k s  w I t h  b 12 shots?

Risk of B12 shots: No.Except it is an injection and may cause some pain.Vitamin b 12 is a water soluble vitamin, which means if you have enough in your body the excess will pass in the urine.It can also be given in oral form, but absorption is unpredictable, and nasal spray which is comparable to shots but costs more.There is no contradiction except i dont recommend in children and young adults as they dont need it. ...Read more

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I s oral sex ok?

I s oral sex ok?

Yes: ... Unless most other species of mammals are doing something profoundly wrong. Do remember the risk of some sexually transmitted diseases (famously syphilis and gonorrhea) is very high with oral sex. And you are crazy to have any kind of sex leading to ejaculation with a woman you do not know very well -- nowadays you may be tricked into becoming a father. ...Read more

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What’s a fitbit?

What’s a fitbit?

A pedometer: This is a small clip like device that measures the number of steps you take. It also measures the flights of stairs that you climb and estimates calories burned. It is synced with your computer and keeps track of calories eaten if you fill that in by computer or smart phone.
You can look at how you do compared to others your age. ...Read more

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