Black Lung Symptoms, Causes & More

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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, www.merckmanuals.com/professional/pulmonary-disorders/environmental-pulmonary-diseases/coal-workers’-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, www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/black-lung/learn-about-black-lung.

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