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Berylliosis

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by Alan R

(Beryllium Disease)

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Three factors need to be present to diagnose berylliosis:
Symptoms of chronic berylliosis may not appear until years after exposure. Therefore, all workers who may have been exposed to beryllium should have BeLPT tests, even if they have no symptoms.
Other tests that may be done to look for the effects on the lungs:
 

RESOURCES

American Lung Association
http://www.lungusa.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov

National Jewish Medical and Research Center
http://www.nationaljewish.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

The Canadian Lung Association
http://www.lung.ca

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/

 

References


Berylliosis. National Organization for Rare Disorders website. Available at: http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/481/viewAbstract . Accessed June 18, 2013.


Beryllium. Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety website. Available at: http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/diseases/beryllium.html . Accessed June 18, 2013.


Beryllium. United States Department of Labor (OSHA) website. Available at: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/beryllium/index.html . Accessed June 18, 2013.


Chronic Beryllium Disease. National Jewish Health website. Available at: http://www.nationaljewish.org/healthinfo/conditions/beryllium-disease/ . Accessed June 18, 2013.


Chronic Beryllium Disease. University of California San Francisco Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/chronic%5Fberyllium%5Fdisease/index.html . Accessed June 18, 2013.

 

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