Immunological effects of silica and asbestos.

  title={Immunological effects of silica and asbestos.},
  author={Takemi Otsuki and Megumi Maeda and Shuko Murakami and Hiroaki Hayashi and Yoshie Miura and Masayasu Kusaka and Takashi Nakano and Kazuya Fukuoka and Takumi Kishimoto and Fuminori Hyodoh and Ayako Ueki and Yasumitsu Nishimura},
  journal={Cellular & molecular immunology},
  volume={4 4},
Silicosis patients (SILs) and patients who have been exposed to asbestos develop not only respiratory diseases but also certain immunological disorders. In particular, SIL sometimes complicates autoimmune diseases such as systemic scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis (known as Caplan syndrome), and systemic lupus erythematoses. In addition, malignant complications such as lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma often occur in patients exposed to asbestos, and may be involved in the reduction of… CONTINUE READING
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