Reviewed by E Brigitte Gottschall, MD

Silicosis typically results from breathing in high concentrations of silica dust over many years, although the disease can occur and progress rapidly after short periods of intense exposure. The disease may develop and progress while in exposure or after exposure to crystalline silica has ended.

People who work in the following industries may be at risk for developing silica related lung disease:

  • Abrasives manufacturing
  • Glass manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Quarrying
  • Road and building construction
  • Sand blasting
  • Stone cutting

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