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Can We Alter the Natural History of Silicosis?Silicosis

LTC Daniel E. Banks, MC, USA, FCCP; Surinder K. Jindal, MD, FCCP
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From the Department of Medicine (Dr Banks), Uniformed University of the Health Sciences; and Jindal Clinics (Dr Jindal).

CORRESPONDENCE TO: LTC Daniel E. Banks, MC, USA, FCCP, 2478 Stanley Rd, Ft Sam Houston, TX 78234-6120; e-mail: dbanks49@yahoo.com


FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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Chest. 2015;148(3):574-576. doi:10.1378/chest.15-0591
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In 2007, Akgun and colleagues1 reported on 145 men who sandblasted denim for at least 1 month with a latency period of at least 10 months; 77 (53%) showed silicosis based on accepted diagnostic criteria for silicosis as a profusion category of opacities of 1/0 or greater. Now, these same authors provide a 4-year follow-up of this cohort in this issue of CHEST (see page 647).2 Of the 83 who participated in the follow-up evaluation, nine died (at a mean age of 24 years), and of the remaining 74, 71 (95.9%) had radiographic evidence of silicosis based on the same criteria.

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