Chronic beryllium disease

What is Chronic beryllium disease?

A pneumoconiosis, characterized by granulomatous inflammation, that occurs in individuals who develop beryllium sensitization (BeS), a cell-mediated immune response to environmental and occupational beryllium exposure. BeS precedes the lung disease that may present with chronic dry cough, fatigue, weight loss, chest pain, and increasing dyspnea.

Other condition names

  • Berylliosis
  • Chronic berylliosis
  • Chronic beryllium lung disease

Inheritance type

Not applicable

Age of Onset

  • Adult
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