JACOB JOHN ROBBINS; WILLIAM F. LYONS
Beryllium poisoning is an industrial hazard which has appeared in the United States during the past 10 years. Beryllium compounds are commonly found in fluorescent lamps, radio, electronic and x-ray tubes, alloys and non-spark tools.1 The metal is lighter (specific gravity, 1.85) than aluminum (specific gravity, 2.70).4 Soluble dusts and fumes produce acute pneumonia and dermatitis. Insoluble dust in the lungs causes a slow development of granulomatosis.2 The fibrosis of the lungs may develop over a period of years.5 Particles embedded in the tissue require surgical excision for cure.3 No suitable treatment was found before cortisone or ACTH. It is
ROBBINS JJ, LYONS WF. BERYLLIUM GRANULOMATOSIS: REPORT OF A CASE SHOWING RESPONSE TO CORTISONE1. Ann Intern Med. ;38:120–124. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-38-1-120
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;38(1):120-124.
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