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What is the Cause of Pneumoconiosis?

What is the Cause of Pneumoconiosis?

Pneumoconiosis describes several occupational lung diseases that are caused by prolonged exposure to irritants like mineral dusts and particles. It is a type of interstitial lung disease, which is characterized by lung inflammation from inhaled substances that settle deep into the lungs. Pneumoconiosis primarily affects coal miners, iron foundry workers, millers, carpenters and employees in related industries who have worked in their respective trades for several years.

There are three main types of pneumoconiosis, each with separate causes:

  • Black lung disease – Also referred to as coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP), black lung is caused by the inhalation of coal dust.
  • Silicosis – Exposure to silica, a mineral dust found in rocks, sand and mineral ores, can lead to silicosis.
  • Siderosis – Breathing in dust that contains iron particles can cause siderosis, also known as welder’s lung.

It is important to note that individuals who have had occasional exposure to coal dust, silica or iron particles are not at high risk for pneumoconiosis. This disease is caused by frequent, prolonged exposure to such substances. Fortunately, government-imposed safety measures and exposure limits have generally reduced the incidence of siderosis and silicosis, although black lung disease has surprisingly spiked in recent years.

There is no cure for pneumoconiosis. However, the Lung Institute offers an alternative for patients who are struggling to manage their symptoms with traditional treatment methods alone. Autologous stem cell therapy has the potential to reduce lung inflammation, preserve lung function and even slow the progression of pneumoconiosis. This natural treatment utilizes the patient’s own stem cells to promote healing and improve quality of life.

No matter what has caused your pneumoconiosis, we encourage you to contact the Lung Institute to explore your alternative treatment options and learn how stem cell therapy may help you breathe easier. To speak with a member of our compassionate medical team, call (800) 729-3065 today.


  1. Lung Institute

    5 months ago


    Thank you for your comment and thank you for your service to our country. In 2012 the United States government began research on whether agent orange had any effect on COPD. The results have not been released yet.

    While the results are not in yet, the government did state that veterans can receive disability benefits for COPD and other respiratory diseases based on the results of lung function testing. A lung fuction test measures air flow rate through the lungs.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy for COPD. Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and more. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with someone from our medical team over our secure phone line. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


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  2. Ken schaaf

    5 months ago

    My husband was shot down-War plane- and exposed to agent orange in north vietnam. Could that cause interstitial lung disease?

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