Silicosis - Definition

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Silicosis is a type of lung disease caused by inhaling crystalline silica dust. This condition essentially affects minors who are chronically exposed to silicon oxide dust over long periods of time. It can also affect people in other occupations, such as dental technicians and people exposed to drilling or sandblasting operations. Silicosis occurs when the dust is inhaled. This is an incurable and irreversible disease, responsible for progressively manifesting respiratory difficulties. Diagnosis can be confirmed by x-ray. Prevention is of utmost importance, by means of protective measures against inhalation of this dust.