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Berylliosis Definition


Berylliosis is an occupational lung disease. It occurs in people who work with beryllium. Berylliosis usually only occurs in people who have an allergic sensitivity to beryllium. This is about 2% of the US population.

Beryllium is a metallic element that is found in rocks, coal, soil, and volcanic dust. It is used in certain industries.

There are two types of berylliosis: acute and chronic.

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