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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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Dr. Lawrence Kale
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Berylliosis (Definition)

Berylliosis is a chronic lung disease that is caused by exposure to a substance called beryllium, which is usually encountered in certain occupations such as beryllium mining. It is a form of allergic reaction that cannot be cured, but its ...Read more


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What are the tests for berylliosis?

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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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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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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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