Reviewed by E Brigitte Gottschall, MD

Simple silicosis, usually detectable on chest imaging, may produce no symptoms and very little loss of lung function. More complicated and severe forms of silica-related lung disease, including progressive massive fibrosis (PMF), accelerated silicosis and acute silicosis, usually lead to loss of lung function and respiratory symptoms of shortness of breath and cough. In advanced case of silica related lung disease other organs, particularly the heart may be affected.

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