Beryllium Disease

Beryllium disease (sometimes called berylliosis) is a lung inflammation caused by inhaling dust or fumes that contains beryllium

Beryllium Disease


  • In some people, the disease develops suddenly (acute beryllium disease), maily as an inflammation of the lungs (pneumonitis).
  • In these people, the lungs are stiff and function poorly.
  • People with acute disease have an abrupt onset of coughing, difficulty in breathing and weight loss.
  • Acute beryllium disease can also affect the skin and the eyes.
  • Other people develop chronic beryllium disease, in which abnormal tissue forms in the lungs and the lymph nodes enlarge.
  • In these people, coughing, difficulty in breathing and weight loss develop gradually, often 10 to 20 years after exposure.

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