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Key Features

  • An acute or chronic pulmonary disorder related to beryllium exposure

  • Exposure occurs in machining and handling of beryllium products and alloys; beryllium miners are not at risk

Clinical Findings

  • Acute berylliosis is a serious ulcerative tracheobronchitis and chemical pneumonitis after intense, severe exposure

  • Chronic berylliosis is a more common, systemic disease resembling sarcoidosis

Diagnosis

  • History of exposure to beryllium

  • The beryllium lymphocyte proliferation test is a useful diagnostic test

Treatment

  • Avoid exposure to beryllium

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