Silicosis is a lung disease caused by the inhalation of crystalline silica dust. Silica is a common mineral found naturally in sand and rock, such as granite and sandstone. Silica exposure is common in mines and quarries and in a number of other occupations such as construction (especially sandblasting), foundry-work, ceramics and glass-making. Silica scars lung and affects its ability to function normally.
Inhalation of crystalline silica particles may also lead to other conditions, particularly tuberculosis. There is also a link between silicosis and lung cancer.
Our Approach to Silicosis
UCSF provides comprehensive evaluations and care for work-related lung diseases, such as silicosis. We offer a wide range of pulmonary function tests as well as flexible bronchoscopy to examine the airways.
Although silicosis currently has no cure, treatments can relieve symptoms and prevent complications. Lung transplantation may be an option for severe cases. UCSF is currently the top lung transplant program in the U.S. for higher-than-expected patient survival rates and graft survival rates (ongoing function of the transplanted lungs).
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