Which diffuse parenchymal lung diseases (DPLDs) are associated with environmental or occupational exposures?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Eleanor M Summerhill, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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DPLDs associated with environmental or occupational exposures include the following:

  • Pneumoconioses (a group of occupational lung diseases related to inhalational exposures to inorganic dusts [eg, silicosis, asbestosis, berylliosis, coal worker's pneumoconiosis {black lung}])

  • HSP caused by exposure to protein antigens (eg, farmer's lung, pigeon-breeder's lung, hot-tub lung)

  • Fibrotic lung disease due to exposure to toxic gases, fumes, aerosols, and vapors (eg, silo-filler's disease)

  • Radiation exposure (ionizing radiation, frequently used in medical therapeutics)

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