Pneumoconiosis natural history, complications and prognosis

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Prognosis is generally poor, and mortality rates vary depending on the specific pneumoconiosis. For example, berylliosis patients mortality rates are between 6 to 35%. [1] [2]

Natural History, Complications, and Prognosis

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The prognosis for pneumoconiosis is poor and leads to respiratory complications and premature death. The prognosis is deemed to be poor particularly when fibrosis is found on CT scans. [2] [13] [14] Patients progress quickly to cor pulmonale and respiratory failure. In the case of silicosis, the survival is generally less than four years. [15] [16]


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