Black Lung Symptoms, Causes & More

By shirley
Reviewed: dr. vanta
Article Sources Article Sources
  • 1. Publishing, Harvard Health. 'Pneumoconiosis.' Harvard Health,
  • 2. 'Black Lung Disease.' Black Lung Disease | Michigan Medicine,
  • 3. 'Pneumoconiosis.' Johns Hopkins Medicine,
  • 4. 'Learn About Pneumoconiosis.' American Lung Association,
  • 5. Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis (Anthracosis; Black Lung Disease; Coal Miner's Pneumoconiosis) By Abigail R. Lara, et al. 'Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis - Pulmonary Disorders.' Merck Manuals Professional Edition, Merck Manuals,'-pneumoconiosis?redirectid=60.
  • 6. 'Diagnosing and Treating Pneumoconiosis.' American Lung Association,
  • 7. 'Mortality from or with Pneumoconiosis' - Minnesota Department of Health,
  • 8. 'Pulmonary Function Tests.' Mount Sinai Health System,
  • 9. Black Lung (Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis) By The Manual's Editorial Staff Last full review/revision Mar 2021| Content last modified Mar 2021, et al. 'Quick Facts: Black Lung.' Merck Manuals Consumer Version, Merck Manuals,
  • 10. 'Coal Worker's Pneumoconiosis.' Mount Sinai Health System,
  • 11. 'Pneumoconiosis Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors.' American Lung Association,
Medical Expert Medical Expert

2. Complicated Pneumoconiosis

As the lung damage continues, the disease progresses to a more serious stage of black lung called complicated pneumoconiosis or progressive massive fibrosis. The nodules grow larger, with some coming together to form black rubbery masses that further diminish the number of blood vessels and air sacs in the lungs.5Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis (Anthracosis; Black Lung Disease; Coal Miner’s Pneumoconiosis) By Abigail R. Lara, et al. ‘Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis - Pulmonary Disorders.’ Merck Manuals Professional Edition, Merck Manuals,’-pneumoconiosis?redirectid=60.

While some lung scarring occurs in the simple stage, more serious scarring develops in the complicated phase, impacting larger portions of the lungs and making breathing more difficult.4‘Learn About Pneumoconiosis.’ American Lung Association,

Black Lung

Related Articles

Home | Privacy Policy | Editorial | | About Us

This site offers information designed for entertainment & educational purposes only. With any health related topic discussed on this site you should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, treatment, advice, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, treatment, or diagnosis. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.