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American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2019, 7(3), 60-63
DOI: 10.12691/ajmsm-7-3-2
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Silicosis: Origins and Consequences

Diemen Delgado Garcia1, , Patricio Rivera Latorre2, Nayab Mahmood Sultan3, Oscar Ramirez Yerba4, Enmanuel Agila Palacios5 and Ashley Delgado Cano6

1University of Guadalajara, Researcher, Research Institute for Safety and Health at Work, Guadalajara, Mexico

2University of Chile, Professor of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Santiago, Chile

3Silicosis Research, Technical Program Lead, Vancouver, Canada

4Scientific University of the South, Researcher of the Postgraduate of Occupational Medicine and the Environment, Lima, Peru

5University of the Armed Forces of Ecuador, Faculty of Security and Risks, Quito, Ecuador

6Universidad Andres Bello, Medical student, Viña del Mar, Chile

Pub. Date: September 10, 2019

Cite this paper:
Diemen Delgado Garcia, Patricio Rivera Latorre, Nayab Mahmood Sultan, Oscar Ramirez Yerba, Enmanuel Agila Palacios and Ashley Delgado Cano. Silicosis: Origins and Consequences. American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2019; 7(3):60-63. doi: 10.12691/ajmsm-7-3-2


Silicosis is a lung disease caused by the inhalation of silica dust and the consequent depositing of this inorganic material in the bronchi, lymph nodes, and/or lung parenchyma, with or without, associated respiratory dysfunction. Silicosis is an irreversible disease. Chest digital radiography is considered as one of the greatest technological advances in imaging systems beneficial in the identification of Silicosis. The diagnostic basis of silicosis is the radiological finding of diffuse lung opacities, associated with the history of inhalation of silica dust or one of its several polymorphs. Occupational history forms a major component in the investigation process along with the finding of diffuse pulmonary nodules. The application of adequate dust control measures in work environments allows workers to prevent or control exposures thus avoiding or limiting the potential for the disease. Among the challenges of how we should address this public health problem, is to raise awareness among key stakeholders engaged in the working environment about the magnitude of the health problem caused by Silicosis.

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