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Coal miners lung

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An occupational lung disease common among coal miners, which is caused by the accumulation of carbon in the lungs from the prolonged exposure to smoke or coal dust particles; anthracosis.


This disease is common among coal miners who are exposed to coal dust for a long time. The lungs contain heavy deposits of coal or carbon around the bronchioles based on x-ray images. The disease is often asymptomatic but may lead to more serious forms of the disease in which the lung tissues are destroyed and the airways are obstructed.

Variants: coal miner's lung or coal miners' lung