Basic Summary for Silicosis


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Main name of condition: Silicosis
Other names or spellings: potter's asthma


What is Silicosis?
  Brief description of Silicosis: Lung condition from silica exposure
  Parent types of Silicosis: Lung conditions, Interstitial lung disease
  Organs Affected by Silicosis: lung
How serious is Silicosis?
  Deaths for Silicosis: 82 deaths in America 2001(NCHS, 2003)
  Complications of Silicosis: see complications of Silicosis
What causes Silicosis?
  Causes of Silicosis: see causes of Silicosis
  Risk factors for Silicosis: see risk factors for Silicosis
What are the symptoms of Silicosis?
  Symptoms of Silicosis: see symptoms of Silicosis
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Silicosis: see treatments for Silicosis
  Prevention of Silicosis: see prevention of Silicosis
Society issues for Silicosis
  Hospitalization statistics for Silicosis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Silicosis:
  • 0.0002% (24) of hospital consultant episodes were for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultant episodes for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 88% of hospital consultant episodes for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 12% of hospital consultant episodes for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 63% of hospital consultant episodes for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 12.6 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 11 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 69 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 25% of hospital consultant episodes for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 42% of hospital consultant episodes for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 8% of hospital consultant episodes for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0004% (190) of hospital bed days were for pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

Last revision: June 16, 2003

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