Berylliosis is an occupational lung disease. It occurs in people who work with beryllium. Beryllium is a metallic element that is found in rocks, coal, soil, and volcanic dust and used in certain industries.
There are two types of berylliosis: acute and chronic.
- Acute berylliosis is caused by brief exposure. It is very rare today.
- Chronic berylliosis is caused by long-term exposure. It is more common than acute, but still relatively unusual.
Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Marcin Chwistek, MD
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