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Silicosis

I was wondering if silicosis it self causes pain in your lungs.Do I need a Biopsy to see if I have the disease I was exposed to sandblasting for 3 yrs I have quit not but I have been having pain in the right lower lung area weakness,get cold chills but no fever.Were do I need to go get dignosed I am 42 yrs old never smoke I am ver worried didnt reall know the dangers until I read it on the net.I have had a HRCT showed some trapped air i dont know what that means.Thanks Foe Your Time  
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Hello,

Your questions are:
1. Do I need a biopsy?
2. Can silicosis cause pain in the lungs?

In general, if you have symptoms that are a departure from your usual state of health (pain in the right lower lung, weakness, chills), you should see a healthcare provider to determine what may be causing these symptoms.

Silicosis can cause lung problems, breathing problems (shortness of breath with exertion).

You should follow-up with your healthcare provider to inquire about the significance of air trapping on your CT scan.

Your question regarding a biopsy is likely best answered with a discussion with your healthcare provider or a pulmonologist (lung specialist). In general, biopsies are recommended for follow-up on specific findings seen on a CT scan, x-ray, or other time of imaging study.

~•~ Dr. Parks

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
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