Lung - nontumor

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

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PubMed search: anthracosis [title] pulmonary

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Definition / general
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Definition / general
  • Presence of carbon particles in lung
  • Not a pathologic condition necessarily, often due to urban living
  • Carbon particles are relatively inert and usually don't elicit reactive fibrosis
  • When extensive, may cause coal workers' pneumoconiosis (below)