Chronic Beryllium Disease: Symptoms Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by Lisa A. Maier, MD, MSPH, FCCP (February 01, 2016) What are the symptoms of CBD? Individuals with CBD may not have any symptoms at first, especially if the disease is diagnosed at an early stage. However, As CBD develops, patients may notice shortness of breath with walking, climbing stairs or other physical activities, as well as a dry cough that will not go away. Some people may also experience fatigue, night sweats, chest and joint pain and loss of appetite as the disease progresses. For more information on beryllium, please contact National Jewish Health® at 1.800.222.5864, extension 1722. Chronic Beryllium Disease: Causes Chronic Beryllium Disease: Diagnosis Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.