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Classification & external resources
ICD-10 J60.-J65.
ICD-9 500-505
DiseasesDB 31746
MeSH D011009

Pneumoconiosis is an occupational lung disease caused by the inhalation of dust. Depending on the type of dust, variants of the disease are considered.

Types include:

Pneumoconiosis in combination with multiple pulmonary rheumatoid nodules in rheumatoid arthritis patients is known as Caplan's syndrome.[1]


See also

Other Work-related Lung Diseases

Popular culture references

  • A longer, factitious term is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  • In the classic British film Brief Encounter (1945), derived from a Noel Coward play, housewife Laura (Celia Johnson) and physician Alec (Trevor Howard) begin an affair. She is desperately mesmerized in a train station lounge by his evocation of his passion for pneumoconioses:
Laura: “You were saying about the coal mines…”
Alec: “Oh yes, the inhalation of coal dust…That’s one specific form of the disease. It’s called anthracosis.”
Laura [Tenderly]: “What are the others?”
Alec: “Chalicosis. That comes from metal dust. Steel works, you know…”
Laura [Breathlessly]: “Yes, of course… Steel works…”
Alec: “And silicosis… That’s stone dust… Gold mines…”
Laura [Almost swooning]: “I see…”
Bell rings
Laura: “There’s your train.”
Alec: “Yes.”
Laura: “You mustn’t miss it.”
Alec: “No.”
  • In the film Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller, he claims to have "The Black Lung" after working in a coal mine for one day.


  1. ^ Andreoli, Thomas, ed. CECIL Essentials of Medicine. Saunders: Pennsylvania, 2004. p. 737.
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