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Coal Worker's Pneumoconiosis Medication

  • Author: Farhan J Khan, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
Updated: Dec 16, 2015

Medication Summary

The goals of pharmacotherapy are to reduce morbidity and to prevent complications.


Respiratory agents

Class Summary

Are used to treat hypoxemia.



Should be administered via a tight-fitting, high-flow nonrebreather mask.

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Farhan J Khan, MD Fellow in Pulmonary Disease, University of Tennessee Medical Center

Farhan J Khan, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Medical Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Received salary from Medscape for employment. for: Medscape.

Chief Editor

Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP Geri and Richard Brawerman Chair in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Professor and Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine, Medical Director, Women's Guild Lung Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine

Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Physicians, American Federation for Medical Research, American Thoracic Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Sat Sharma, MD, FRCPC Professor and Head, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba; Site Director, Respiratory Medicine, St Boniface General Hospital

Sat Sharma, MD, FRCPC is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, American Thoracic Society, Canadian Medical Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Royal Society of Medicine, Society of Critical Care Medicine, World Medical Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.


Amit Dhingra, MD Fellow in Pulmonary Disease, University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Richard A Obenour, MD (Retired) Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Julia Richards van Zyl, MD Staff Physician, Knoxville Inpatient Physicians, Department of Internal Medicine/Hospitalist, University of Tennessee Medical Center

Julia E Richards is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine and American Medical Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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Gross specimen demonstrating simple coal worker's pneumoconiosis.
Gross specimen demonstrating progressive massive fibrosis in a coal miner.
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