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What Are the Diseases Associated with Silica Exposure?

Chronic exposure to respirable particles of crystalline silica in an occupational setting is associated with increased chances of developing diseases such as tuberculosis, bronchitis, emphysema, renal diseases, silicosis, and lung cancer.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

Silicosis is incurable but is 100% preventable

It is a chronic fibrosing lung disease that develops when the lung tissue reacts to crystalline silica dust by forming fibrotic nodules and scar around the entrapped silica particles. When the nodules become larger, breathing gets difficult leading to death.

There have been reports that link silica exposure to various autoimmune diseases such as systemic sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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