The differential diagnosis includes infection, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, hot tub lung, and chronic beryllium disease
(Figure 5, A through F).
the perception of beryllium as a human carcinogen." (135) An internal company document suggested that the committee would "provide the scientific basis for our cancer strategy." (136) Two other issues also dominated BISAC's deliberations: (1) the curious resurgence of Chronic Beryllium Disease
(CBD) at Brush Wellman plants years after Brush Wellman scientists had concluded that the 2.0 [micro]g/ [m.sup.3] standard had all but eradicated the disease; and (2) the intriguing possibility of reducing the incidence of CBD by screening susceptible workers out of the workplace through genetic testing.
Beryllium causes Chronic Beryllium Disease
For example, working around beryllium--a metallic element used in nuclear reactors and aerospace design--can cause chronic beryllium disease
, which hardens the lungs and leads to death by suffocation.
CONTEXT: Although chronic beryllium disease
(CBD) is clearly an immune-mediated granulomatous reaction to beryllium, acute beryllium disease (ABD) is commonly considered an irritative chemical phenomenon related to high exposures.
For example, the BeLPT car identify changes in the immune system that are linked to an increased risk for developing chronic beryllium disease
(Middleton, Fink, Kowalski, Lewin, & Sinks, 2008; Middleton Lewin, Kowalski Cox, & Kleinbaum, 2006).
Lower exposure levels can cause chronic beryllium disease
(CBD) - characterized by lung inflammation and scarring - including granuloma, the growth of tumor-like masses of capillaries on the lung surface.
We read with great interest "Chronic Beryllium Disease
and Sensitization at a Beryllium Processing Facility" (Rosenman et al.
Despite the limitations of deriving historical exposure estimates, our corrected data continue to point to the inadequacy of the current OSHA standard to protect workers from developing chronic beryllium disease
Forty-four (7.6%) individuals had definite or probable chronic beryllium disease
(CBD), and another 40 (7.0%) were sensitized to beryllium.
Another component of the program funded through this cooperative agreement will be the activities previously conducted by the DOE's Former Beryllium Worker Medical Surveillance Program, which offers medical testing for beryllium sensitivity and chronic beryllium disease
(CBD) to former employees who were potentially exposed to beryllium as a result of their work at various DOE sites not initially covered by the Former Worker Medical Screening Program.
However, the only diseases covered by EEOICP are cancers related to radiation exposure, chronic beryllium disease
, and chronic silicosis.