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ICD-10 J66.0
ICD-9 504

Byssinosis, commonly called "Brown Lung", is an occupational lung disease caused by exposure to cotton dust in inadequately ventilated working environments. It commonly occurs in workers who are employed in yarn and fabric manufacture industries. Brown Lung can ultimately result in narrowing of the trachea in the lungs, destruction of lung tissue and death from infection or respiratory failure.

The effects of Byssinosis are similar to Woolsorters' disease.

This disease often occurred in the times of the Industrial Revolution. Most commonly young girls working in mills or other textile factories would be afflicted with this disease.


  • Snyder, Rachel Louise (2007). Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade. W. W. Norton.

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