Colliers lung

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A chronic lung disease caused by the accumulation of carbon in the lungs from the prolonged exposure to air pollution or from the inhaled smoke or coal dust particles.


The disease is a common affliction of colliers or coal workers, hence the name. It is caused by prolonged exposure to coal dust particles or smoke that carbon accumulates in the lungs. The disease is often asymptomatic but may lead to more serious forms of the disease such as simple coal workers pneumoconiosis and complicated coal workers pneumoconiosis.

Variant: collier's lung or colliers' lung