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Yes, silicosis can be fatal. This respiratory disease is caused by inhaling crystalline silica dust, which produces inflammation and scarring when it settles into the lungs. As time passes, this scarring causes the lungs to stiffen. Silicosis is associated with various symptoms that tend to worsen over time, the most common of which include coughing, difficulty breathing and chest pain. It also increases the risk of developing other serious medical conditions, such as tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer. Unfortunately, even with treatment, silicosis may ultimately lead to death.
Although there is currently no cure for silicosis, various treatment options exist that can help patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life, including the following:
- Inhaled corticosteroids
- Cough medicine
- Supplemental oxygen therapy
- Lifestyle changes (such as changing occupations or quitting smoking)
The Lung Institute also offers an alternative approach to silicosis treatment through stem cell therapy. Unlike the above-listed treatment methods, which offer relief from symptoms but have no effect on the underlying condition itself, stem cell therapy has the potential to slow the progression of silicosis. Treatment involves a three-step process, consisting of collecting a blood or bone marrow sample from the patient, separating the stem cells from the rest of the sample and then returning the concentrated stem cells into the patient’s bloodstream. Once the stem cells are reintroduced into the patient’s body, they can promote natural healing and help to reduce inflammation within the lungs. Silicosis treatment using stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive process that can be completed on an outpatient basis over the course of two days.
If you would like to know more about how stem cell therapy can help with the treatment of silicosis, please contact the Lung Institute today at (800) 729-3065. We look forward to helping you breathe easier.