JACOB JOHN ROBBINS; WILLIAM F. LYONS
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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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