Lung disease and coal mining: what pulmonologists need to know.

  title={Lung disease and coal mining: what pulmonologists need to know.},
  author={Leonard H. T. Go and Silpa D Krefft and Robert A Cohen and Cecile S. Rose},
  journal={Current opinion in pulmonary medicine},
  volume={22 2},
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Coal mine workers are at risk for a range of chronic respiratory diseases including coal workers' pneumoconiosis, diffuse dust-related fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The purpose of this review is to describe coal mining processes and associated exposures to inform the diagnostic evaluation of miners with respiratory symptoms. RECENT FINDINGS Although rates of coal workers' pneumoconiosis declined after regulations were enacted in the 1970s, more recent… CONTINUE READING
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