Skip to Content
Pneumoconiosis is the accumulation of dust in the lungs. It causes
shortness of breath and coughing.
Specific types of pneumoconiosis include:
There is no treatment for many types of pneumoconiosis. This
condition can increase the risk for developing emphysema, tuberculosis, and
chronic bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD). If
pneumoconiosis progresses to one of these diseases, it may seriously impair
quality of life. Some types of pneumoconiosis increase a person's risk for cancer.
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
© Copyright 2015 Rush-Copley Medical Center • 2000 Ogden Avenue; Aurora, IL 60504
Main: 630-978-6200 • Physician Referral & Information: 630-978-6700 or 866-4COPLEY (866-426-7539)