Last revised by Dr Yuranga Weerakkody on 15 Mar 2022

Pneumoconioses are a broad group of lung diseases that result from inhalation of dust particles. They are therefore considered part of the spectrum of inhalational lung diseases, and also occupational lung diseases.


Variant forms



The offending agents are mainly mineral dust. Pneumoconioses can be broadly classified as 2,3:

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: asbestosis
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  • Case 2: mixed pneumoconiosis
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  • Case 3: silicosis with progressive massive fibrosis
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