A 65-year-old factory worker with dyspnea on exertion and a normal chest x-ray.


Chronic beryllium disease is an occupationally acquired granulomatous lung disease similar to sarcoidosis. It is caused by exposure to beryllium in genetically susceptible persons. It should be suspected in patients with beryllium exposure who present with pulmonary symptoms or have a positive screening blood beryllium-specific lymphocyte proliferation test… (More)


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