1 Occupational Lung diseases Dr Deepak Aggarwal Dept. Of Pulmonary Medicine
2 To be discussed. Pneumoconiosis Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
3 PNEUMOCONIOSIS Pneumoconioses are pulmonary diseases caused by mineral dust inhalation in workplace The specific types of pneumoconioses are named by the substance inhaled (e.g., silicosis, asbestosis, anthracosis)
5 Coal dust PNEUMOCONIOSIS Mineral Dust Induced Lung Disease Simple coal workers' pneumoconiosis: macules and nodules Complicated coal workers' pneumoconiosis: PMF Coal mining Silica Silicosis Sandblasting, quarrying, mining, stone cutting, foundry work, ceramics Asbestos Asbestosis pleural effusions, pleural plaques, or diffuse fibrosis; mesothelioma; carcinoma of the lung and larynx Mining, milling, and fabrication of ores and materials; installation and removal of insulation
7 Causes: Non fibrogenic pneumoconioses benign pneumoconioses antimony barium boric acid manganese iron tin titanium bismuth
8 Pathogenesis PNEUMOCONIOSIS The development of a pneumoconiosis depends on (1) the amount of dust retained in the lung and airways (2) the size, shape, and buoyancy of the particles (3) solubility and physiochemical reactivity (4) the possible additional effects of other irritants (e.g., concomitant tobacco smoking)
9 PNEUMOCONIOSIS Pathogenesis (1)The amount of dust retained in the lungs is determined by dust concentration in surrounding air duration of exposure effectiveness of clearance mechanisms
10 PNEUMOCONIOSIS Pathogenesis (2) the size, shape, and buoyancy of the particles The most dangerous particles range from 1 to 5 μmin diameter because they may reach the terminal small airways and air sacs and settle in their linings
11 PNEUMOCONIOSIS (3)The solubility and cytotoxicity of particles modify the nature of the pulmonary response Smaller particles tend to cause acute lung injury Larger particles resist dissolution and so may persist within the lung parenchyma for years tend to evoke fibrosing collagenous pneumoconioses
12 PNEUMOCONIOSIS Pathogenesis The pulmonary alveolar macrophage is a key cellular element in the initiation and perpetuation of lung injury and fibrosis The more reactive particles trigger the macrophages to release a number of products that mediate an inflammatory response and initiate fibroblast proliferation and collagen deposition
13 PNEUMOCONIOSIS Pathogenesis (4) the possible additional effects of other irritants (e.g., concomitant tobacco smoking) tobacco smoking worsens the effects of all inhaled mineral dusts
14 Coal worker pneumoconiosis Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis Is Due to Inhalation of Carbon Particles Associated with coal mining industry Carbon + silica (anthracosilicosis)
15 Findings The spectrum of lung findings in coal workers is wide, varying from (1) Asymptomatic anthracosis (2) Simple CWP with little to no pulmonary dysfunction (3) Complicated CWP (progressive massive fibrosis)
16 Anthracosis (urban dwellers) morphology Carbon particles (anthrocotic pigment) in alveolar and interstitial macrophages,in connective tissue and lymphatics and lung hilus. Generally asymptomatic
17 Simple CWP Coal macules (1 to 2 mm in diameter, consists of peribronchiolar carbonladen macrophages and dilated terminal bronchiole larger coal nodules (contains small amounts of a delicate network of collagen located primarily adjacent to respiratory bronchioles Microscopy: Carbon laden macrophages & delicate collagen fibres adjacent to respiratory bronchioles initially (where dust settles), later interstium & alveoli Dilatation of respiratory bronchioles focal dust emphysema Radiographic finding of bilateral small parenchymal nodules CXR typically shows upper lung field nodules
18 Complicated CWP Gross Multiple.,>2 cm,v dark scars Microscopy: Dense collagen and carbon pigment. Central necrosis (+/ ) Progression does NOT correlate with amount of coal dust deposition in lungs. Cigarette smoking increases rate of deterioration of pulmonary function.
19 Caplans syndrome 1 st described in coal workers, may be seen in other pneumoconiosis?? Immunopathologic mechanism Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) + Rheumatoid nodules (Caplan nodules) in the lung Rheumatoid arthritis + pneumoconioses Caplans nodule = necrosis surrounded by fibroblasts,monocytes and collagen s/s RA > lung symptoms
21 Clinical course Usually asymptomatic with little decrease of lung function Progressive Dyspnoea, cough, expectoration PMF pulmonary dysfunction (restrictive) Pulmonary hypertension, cor pulmonale Progressive even if further exposure to dust is prevented chronic bronchitis and emphysema No association with TB or carcinoma
23 Management Diagnosis by presence of clinical features along with history of exposure to coal dust of the magnitude that is sufficient to cause the disease Imaging, PFT, sputum examination Treatment: no specific treatment, removal from further exposure is important. Treat underlying airway disease
24 Silicosis Silica is silicon dioxide, the oxide of silicon, chemical formula SiO 2. SiO 2 is the most abundant mineral on earth Silicosis (also known as Grinder's disease and Potter's rot) is a form of occupational lung disease caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust, and is marked by inflammation and scarring in forms of nodular lesions in the upper lobes of the lungs
25 It is found in sand, many rocks such as granite, sandstone, flint and slate, and in some coal and metallic ores. The cutting, breaking, crushing, drilling, grinding, or abrasive blasting of these materials may produce fine silica dust.
26 Silicosis Foundry work
27 Silicosis Stone cutting
28 Silicosis Tunnel construction Worst single incidence of silicosis in U.S. Hawk s Nest Tunnel, Gauley Bridge, W. Va.,
29 Silicosis Sandblasting Compressed air at high pressure is used to blow fine sand or other abrasive material through a hardened spray nozzle. The abrasive particles quickly eat away whatever they are directed at, leaving a clean, matte surface.
30 Diseases Associated with Exposure to Silica Dust Silicosis Chronic silicosis Accelerated silicosis Acute silicosis (silicoproteinosis)(fine dust, intense exposure, high silica) Progressive massive fibrosis Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Emphysema Chronic bronchitis Mineral dust induced small airway disease
31 Diseases Associated with Exposure to Silica Dust Lung Cancer Mycobacterial Infection Immune Related Diseases Progressive systemic sclerosis Rheumatoid arthritis Chronic renal disease Systemic lupus erythematosus
32 Silicosis The most prevalent occupational disease in the world. The induction period between initial silica exposure and development of radiographically detectable nodular silicosis is usually >10 years. Shorter induction periods are associated with heavy exposures, and acute silicosis may develop within 6 months to 2 years following massive silica exposure
33 Three types of Silicosis Simple chronic silicosis Most common form After long-term exposure (10-20 years) to low amounts of silica dust. Nodules of chronic inflammation and scarring form in the lungs and chest lymph nodes. Patients often asymptomatic, seen for other reasons. subdivided into: simple complicated silicosis(pmf)
34 Accelerated silicosis (= PMF, progressive massive fibrosis) Occurs after exposure to larger amounts of silica over a shorter period of time (5-10 years). Inflammation, scarring, and symptoms progress faster in accelerated silicosis Patients have symptoms, especially shortness of breath.
35 Acute silicosis From short-term exposure to very large amounts of fine silica dust. The lungs become very inflamed, causing severe shortness of breath and low blood oxygen level. Killed hundreds of workers during Hawk s Nest Tunnel construction in early 1930s.
36 CLINICAL FEATURES The main symptom is breathlessness, first noted during exertion and later at rest as the large working reserve of the lung is diminished. a patient with chronic silicosis may present without symptoms for assessment of an abnormal chest radiograph Cough and sputum production are common symptoms and usually relate to chronic bronchitis Clubbing is also not a feature of silicosis
37 Patients with silicosis are particularly susceptible to tuberculosis (TB) infection known as silicotuberculosis. The reason for the increased risk fold increased incidence is not well understood. It is thought that silica damages pulmonary macrophages, inhibiting their ability to kill mycobacteria
38 Diagnosis of Silicosis In general, three key elements play a role in the diagnosis of silicosis: A history of silica exposure sufficient to cause the degree of illness and the appropriate latency from the time of first exposure Chest imaging (usually a conventional chest radiograph) that shows opacities consistent with silicosis Absence of another diagnosis more likely to be responsible for the observed abnormalities
39 Pulmonary function tests are helpful to gauge severity of impairment, but NOT for diagnosis. Lung biopsy rarely indicated (since no effective treatment, biopsy is done only when other diagnoses are being considered)
40 Silicosis can be misdiagnosed Silicosis can mimic: Sarcoidosis (benign inflammation of unknown cause) Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (lung scarring of unknown cause) Lung cancer Several other lung conditions (chronic infection, collagenvascular disease, etc.) Can usually make right diagnosis with detailed history (occupational & medical) or, rarely, a lung biopsy.
41 The three main radiographic presentations of silicosis are: simple silicosis progressive massive fibrosis silicoproteinosis
42 Simple silicosis refers to a profusion of small (less than 10 mm in diameter) nodular opacities (nodules). The nodules are generally rounded but can be irregular, and are distributed predominantly in the upper lung zones
44 Eggshell calcification almost exclusively silicosis
45 Progressive massive fibrosis (PMF, or conglomerate silicosis) occurs when these small opacities gradually enlarge and coalesce to form larger, upper or mid zone opacities more than 10 mm in diameter The hila are retracted upward in association with upper lobe fibrosis and lower lobe hyperinflation
48 Silicoproteinosis Silicoproteinosis occurs following overwhelming exposure to respirable crystalline silica over a short time, and is the radiographic hallmark of acute silicosis The chest radiograph demonstrates a characteristic basilar alveolar filling pattern, without rounded opacities or lymph node calcifications.
49 Treatment Silicosis is an irreversible condition with no cure. Treatment options currently focus on alleviating the symptoms and preventing complications The disease will generally progress even without further exposure,but the rate of deterioration is probably reduced Treatment of all forms of silicosis should be directed toward control of mycobacterial disease. Lung lavage, transplantation Prevention is the key
50 Asbestosis The pulmonary parenchymal fibrosis develops mostly in the bases. Generally occurs with >10 years exposure, but the latency period can be >30 years. Smoking has a synergistic effect with asbestosis in the development of lung cancer. Clinically is indistinguishable from IPF Associated lung CA: Squamous and adenocarcinoma, NOT small or large cell.
51 Asbestos is a fibrous hydrated magnesium silicate with more than 3000 commercial uses due to its indestructible nature, fire resistance, and spinnability fireproof textiles, as insulation for boilers and pipes, used in paper, paints, cloth, tape, filters, and wire insulation. More recently, asbestos has been used in cement pipes and in friction materials, including brake linings, and roofing and floor products.
52 Manifestations Pleural Plaque: most common They are focal, irregular, raised white lesions found on the parietal and, rarely, the visceral pleura commonly they occur in the lateral and posterior midlung zones, where they may follow rib contours and the diaphragm. Histologically: paucity of cells, extensive collagen fibrils arranged in a basket weave pattern, and a thin covering of mesothelial cells Usually bilateral and remain stable over months No treatment; observation with periodic CXR
53 Asbestos exposure
54 Asbestos-related pleural plaques Large, discrete fibrocalcific plaques are seen on the pleural surface of the diaphragm Pleural plaque. The dome of the diaphragm is covered by a smooth, pearly white, nodular plaque
55 Diffuse Pleural thickening thick white peel that can encase significant pulmonary structures. diffuse pleural thickening or fibrosis is a disease of the visceral pleura Develops either due to confluence of pleural plaques, due to extension of subpleural fibrosis or due to fibrotic resoluation of benign pleural effusion. Assymptomatic or may cause s/s No specific therapy
56 Rounded atelactasis Rare complication It is caused by scarring of the visceral and parietal pleura and the adjacent lung, with the pleural reaction folding over on itself.
57 Malignancies Mesothelioma: Malignant mesotheliomas are associated (80%) with asbestos exposure, and latency period can be as long as 40 years. Unlike in asbestosis, it is NOT associated with smoking and tends to be rapidly fatal Lung cancer: besides smoking tobacco, asbestos exposure has been linked to incraesed incidenceof lung cancer. Adenocarcinoma: most common histological type
58 Asbestosis Interstitial pneumonitis and fibrosis caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Macrophage accumulation is a prominent feature of this cellularity. The prevalence of parenchymal asbestosis among asbestos workers increases as the length of employment increases.
59 Course of Asbestosis deposition of Asbestos fibers at airway bifurcations and in respiratory bronchioles Macrophages accumlate in and around the bronchioles and alveolar ducts causing alveolar macrophage alveolitis High fibre load Low fibre load Incomplete phagocytosis and secretion of pro inflammatory cytokines Most fibres are cleared leaving lung unscarred Residual fibrosis ensues
60 Depending on the duration and intensity of exposure, the latent period for the development of symptoms can vary from 1 decade to 2 3 decades Dyspnoea, cough, rales (bilateral, late to paninspiratory) heard best at posterior lung bases Bilateral diffuse reticulo nodular pattern on CXR
62 Diagnosis Presence of symptoms along with history of exposure to asbestos Duration, onset, type, intensity of exposure CXR /CT PFT
63 Bronchoscopy Bronchoscopy: biopsy/bal may show the presence of coated asbestos fibres which are called as asbestos bodies The presence of more than one coated fiber has been cited as a necessary criterion for the pathological diagnosis of asbestosis
64 Treatment No established treatment available for the disease Medical surveillance is recommended due to risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma
65 Organic Dust (Byssinosis/Brown lung disease) Caused by inhalation of cotton, flax, or hemp dust. Not immune related, no sensitization is needed. Early stage: occasional chest tightness Late stage: regular chest tightness toward the end of the 1st day of the workweek Monday chest tightness and may slowly increase to include more days. Tt: Early on may focus on reversing obstructive disease with antihistamines and bronchodilators. Removal of causative agent.
66 Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis An immune mediated granulomatous inflammatory reaction to organic antigens in the alveoli and in the respiratory bronchioles Also called: extrinsic allergic alveolitis Dx and etiology is often in the history HRCT in Acute HP
67 Examples of EAA Etiology Farmer's lung mouldy hay Saw mill worker's lung mouldy wood dust Bird fancier's lung proteins in bird droppings Mushroom worker s lung spores, moulds Malt worker s lung mouldy malt Humidifier lung contaminated humidifier water Cheese washer's lung Penicillium casei Suberosis cork dust mould Diisocyanate lung Hard metal worker's lung polyurethane hardeners hard metal dust, cobalt
68 Symptoms flu like illness cough high fever, chills dyspnea, chest tightness malaise, myalgia 4 8 hours after exposure Chronic disease: dyspnea in strain, sputum production, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss
69 Acute: Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis may have febrile illness, tachypnea, cough and chest tightness 3 8 hours after exposure. Transient hypoxemia and leukocytosis may occur. Hypoxemia may be severe if persons inhale large quantities of antigen. CXR may show small noduar opacities or patchy infiltrates. Symptoms typically peak 24 hours after onset and resolve in 1 3 days.
70 Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Can consist of constitutional symptoms such as wt loss, fever and fatigue. Radiographic findings more c/w with typical interstitial fibrosis dyspnea, bilateral crackles, cxr with reticulonodular opacities and honeycombing, poor response to steroids. Of note: eosinophilia is NOT characteristic of hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
71 EAA, clinical findings Status Chest X-ray HRCT lung function lab. tests BAL dyspnea, cyanosis, crepitant rales digital glubbing (chronic form) normal or small nodules/diffuse infiltrates/ ground glass appearance chronic form: pulmonary fibrosis normal or ground glass appearance centrilobular micronodules restriction, diffusing capacity decreases, hypoxemia, obstruction, hyperreactivity rise of sedimentation rate, leukocytosis, neutrophilia marked lymphocytosis, T helper / T supressor cells decreased
72 EAA: HRCT, acute disease
73 EAA: HRCT, chronic disease
74 Main criteria Diagnosis 1. Exposure to arganic dust (history, spesific IgG antibodies, work place measurements). 2. Typical symptoms 3. Chest X-ray findings Additional criteria 1. Decreased diffusion capacity 2. Hypoxia during rest or decreasing during excercise 3. Restriction in spirometric values 4. Lung biopsy with findings of allergic alveolitis 5. Provocation test (at work place) positive All main criteria and two of the additional ones are needed for diagnosis.
75 Treatment Treatment: Remove the patient from the offending antigen. Short course Corticosteroids may be of help in acute disease.
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