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What causes black lung?

What causes black lung?

Black Lung: Coal workers' pneumoconiosis (cwp), colloquially referred to as black lung disease, is caused by long exposure to coal dust. It is a common affliction of coal miners and others who work with coal, similar to both silicosis from inhaling silica dust, and to the long-term effects of tobacco smoking. Inhaled coal dust progressively builds up in the lungs and is unable to be removed by the body. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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What is the black lung disease all about, in virginia?

What is the black lung disease all about, in virginia?

Coal mines: This is common name for coal miners pneumonconiosis. This is a progressive fibrosis of the lung caused by the chronic irritation of coal dust. ...Read more

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What can black spots on lungs represent?

What can black spots on lungs represent?

See below: Black spots are usually cystic lesions, abscesses, bullae or blebs. Black represents air on imaging. ...Read more

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What's pneumoconiosis?

What's  pneumoconiosis?

Dust lung disease: Most often these are due to a person's work though many of the people who survived the 9/11 attacks. Coal worker's lung, silicosis, asbestosis, farmer's lung, berylliosis, and bagassosis (sugar cane) are all examples. They are hard to treat and if present, a lawyer may be able to help. ...Read more

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What can cause pneumoconiosis?

What can cause  pneumoconiosis?

Pneumoconiosis: These are lung diseases caused by inhaling organic or inorganic minerals that cause an inflammatory response in the lungs. Organic causes include pigeon breeders disease, mold exposure with different materials such as sugar cane for example. Inorganic causes include silicosis, asbestosis or other mineral dusts particles. Patient can develop pulmonary fibrosis. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the symptomsof pneumoconiosis?

What are the symptomsof pneumoconiosis?

SOB, Cough: Pneumoconiosis is collective condition in which lung is exposed to industrial insult, such as coal, asbestos, etc. Main symptoms for such a disease would be cough and shortness of breath (sob) and excersize intolerance. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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I opened a big pencil sharpener (the ones you find on teachers desks) the graphite dust flew at me. I inhaled some, will i get graphite pneumoconiosis?

I opened a big pencil sharpener (the ones you find on teachers desks) the graphite dust flew at me. I inhaled some, will i get graphite pneumoconiosis?

No risk, no worry: This might be a health risk if it happened 10 times a day for many years. A single event will do no harm at all. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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How will pneumoconiosis affect the body?

How will pneumoconiosis affect the body?

Breathing: This is usually a collection of coal dust and sometimes other mining dust chronically in the lungs. It is endemic in miners. It will impair breathing somewhat (more over time) and can lead to chronic lung disease, susceptibility to lung infection and in some cases lung cancer. Not a good thing to have. ...Read more

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How many people are affected by the pneumoconiosis?

?: If you live in a coal dust prone area, the incidence will be really high, compared to population living away from it. ...Read more

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Would pneumoconiosis hasten death by pulmonary edema?

Would pneumoconiosis hasten death by pulmonary edema?

Additive: Pneumoconiosis, or restrictive lung disease caused by environmental exposure to things like coal dust or asbestos causes serious progressive lung dysfunction. Pulmonary edema is fluid buildup in the lungs, usually from cardiac dysfunction. If a person has both, it would be expected that their outcome would be worse than if they had either disease alone. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could i tell if i don't have black lung?

Can you tell me how could i tell if i don't have black lung?

CXR, PFTs: Cxr would show deposition of coal and might show some calcifications and pfts could reveal restrictive lung disease. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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I just had X-rays of my lungs 1 looks all white and the other is 3/4 black and at the bottom starts looking white and they told me everything's normal?

I just had X-rays of my lungs 1 looks all white and the other is 3/4 black and at the bottom starts looking white and they told me everything's normal?

Very difficult: to render an opinion on such limited info, and without the X-rays, but there are normally black and white areas on a chest X-ray. For example, the heart shadow normally shows up as a big white structure superimposed over the left lower lung region. ...Read more

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Black and white colour on a X-ray of the of the lungs represents what?

Black and white colour on a X-ray of the of the lungs represents what?

See below: Xrays pass through the 'least dense' tissues (i.e. Air) and the film is black bone is the most dense and appears white all other tissues are somewhere in between. ...Read more

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Hi does vaping makes your lungs black and does it makes your organs black?

Vaping: Vaping with our without nicotine? E cigarettes don't produce tar or carbon monoxide, but that doesn't mean that they won't harm you. Secondhand aerosol from ESDs contains nicotine, ultrafine particles & low levels of toxins that may cause cancer. (Acetaldehyde (MS), Benzene (SS), Cadmium (MS), Formaldehyde (MS,SS), Isoprene (SS), Lead (MS), Nickel (MS), Nicotine (MS, SS), N- Nitrosonornicotine ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for your lungs to be black from smoking?

How long is it supposed to it take for your lungs to be black from smoking?

Smoking: You begin to cause damage to your lungs with the first puff you take. It is best not to start at all, but if you do smoke - quit now! ...Read more

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Help docs! my smoker friend says black lung is a lie. Is this true?

Help docs! my smoker friend says black lung is a lie. Is this true?

Condition exists.: During my training years, I performed an autopsy (cadaveric dissection) of a patient who died from "metastatic encephalopathy". I scraped out what literally looked like charcoal from the lymphatic tissue in her lungs. We knew she was a heavy smoker. I don't know if she was a (female) miner, but I doubt it. But if that didn't meet the definition of "black lung", I don't know what would. It IS real! ...Read more

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I have calcications all over or in my lungs can black mold cause this?

I have calcications all over or in my lungs can black mold cause this?

Unlikely: Calcifications usually occur with chronic inflammation, with some causes more prone to doing that. One common cause for foci of calcific granulomas is histoplasmosis. Very few if any people with normal immune systems develop infections with diatomaceous fungi (black molds), and this is usually complained of as a cause of environmental contamination and the subject of lawsuits. ...Read more

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I blew out black snot today after work and I've been blowing out snot with blood sometimes also my lungs hurt sometimes. Do I have cancer?

I blew out black snot today after work and I've been blowing out snot with blood sometimes also my lungs hurt sometimes. Do I have cancer?

Need more info: Smoker? Exposure at work? Asbestos, insulation, fiberglass second hand smoke are you otherwise healthy? Cancer is a possibllity but many other possible diagnoses. See a doctor. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more