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PubMed search: anthracosis [title] pulmonary

Elliot Weisenberg, M.D.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Weisenberg E. Anthracosis. website. Accessed May 31st, 2020.
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)
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