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Glossary for Berylliosis

  • Asbestos conditions: Medical conditions caused be exposure to asbestos dust
  • Asbestos poisoning: A general term which refers to any adverse health effect caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos poisoning can occur when asbestos fibres are inhaled or ingested. The effects of asbestos poisoning (asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer etc) can take as long as forty years to occur.
  • Asbestosis: Lung condition from asbestos exposure
  • Breathing difficulties: Various types of breathing difficulty (dyspnea).
  • Chemical poisoning -- Beryllium: Beryllium is an element used mainly in vehicle electronics, optics, ore processing, microwave oven parts, fuel containers and disc brakes for aeroplanes. The type and severity of symptoms varies depending on the amount of chemical involved and the nature of the exposure.
  • Chronic respiratory conditions: Chronic disorders of the respiratory (breathing) systems, such as COPD, emphysema, and others.
  • Coughing: The noise produced from the sudden expulsion of air from the lungs
  • Hyperphosphataemia: An increased level of phosphate in the circulation above that which is considered normal
  • Interstitial lung disease: Any condition which affects the interstitium of the lungs
  • Lung conditions: Various conditions affecting the lungs or related airways.
  • Pneumoconiosis: A lung disease caused by breathing in air contaminated with particles of dust such as coal, kaolin, asbestos and talc. It is generally an occupation disease where people are exposed to the contaminated air for prolonged periods of time. Generally symptoms stop once the exposure ceases.
  • Poisoning, overdose or adverse reactions: Medical conditions related to poisons, drug overdosage, or drug adverse reactions.
  • Respiratory system conditions: Conditions affecting the respiratory (breathing) systems, such as lungs and airways.
  • Sarcoidosis: Rare autoimmune disease usually affecting the lungs.
  • Work-related conditions: Medical conditions related to a person's work or occupation, such as workplace chemical exposures.


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