Mechanisms in the pathogenesis of asbestosis and silicosis.

  title={Mechanisms in the pathogenesis of asbestosis and silicosis.},
  author={Brooke T. Mossman and Andrew Churg},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  volume={157 5 Pt 1},
Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers or silica particles continues to be an important cause of interstitial lung disease. Although more stringent control of asbestos in the workplace and decreasing industrial use has contributed to declines in the prevalence of asbestosis in the United States (1), new cases continue to be identified. Similarly, silicosis is seen among sandblasters, underground miners, foundry and quarry workers, and in other dust-exposed… CONTINUE READING
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