Chronic Beryllium Disease
What is Chronic Beryllium Disease?
Chronic beryllium disease is an incurable lung disease caused by the inhalation of beryllium dust and fumes. Chronic beryllium disease is characterized by inflammation in the lungs. The inflammation is a result of exposure to beryllium fumes, dusts or powder.
Chronic beryllium disease may develop slowly or rapidly. Lung cancer may also be caused by beryllium exposure.
Chronic beryllium disease can develop as long as 30 years after a person was last exposed to beryllium. In most cases, chronic beryllium disease develops within 8-10 years after exposure.
Extreme cases of chronic beryllium disease can cause disability or death.
Chronic beryllium disease is also called CBD
Who gets Chronic Beryllium Disease?
People whose work involves the manufacture of metallic beryllium, beryllium oxide ceramic, or alloys containing beryllium are at risk for developing chronic beryllium disease.
Symptoms of Chronic Beryllium Disease
Some of the most common symptoms of chronic beryllium disease are:
Can Treatment Chronic Beryllium Disease be Treated?
chronic beryllium disease can be treated. Some common treatment options are, steroids, supplemental oxygen and a lung transplant.
How is Chronic Beryllium Disease Diagnosed?
If your doctor suspects you have chronic beryllium disease, he will perform a blood test and take x-rays of your lungs. X-rays are helpful to see if there is any scarring of the lungs.
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