What complications could occur from beryllium disease?

Lung cancer rates are significantly higher in people exposed to beryllium. Strain placed on the heart when the respiratory system is damaged can lead to an enlarged heart and heart disease over time. Side effects of medications may also be experienced by individuals needing and receiving corticosteroids (eg, weight gain, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, osteoporosis) or other medications.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/25/2019.

References

  • US Department of Energy, Office of Environment, Healthy, Safety and Security. About Beryllium Accessed 4/30/2019.
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Workplace Safety & Health Topics: Beryllium Accessed 4/30/2019.
  • Balmes JR, Speizer FE. Chapter 256. Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease. In: Longo DL, Fauci AS, Kasper DL, Hauser SL, Jameson J, Loscalzo J. eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 18e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2012.
  • Kreiss K, Fechter-Leggett ED, McCanlies EC, et al. Research to Practice Implications of High-Risk Genotypes for Beryllium Sensitization and Disease. JOEM 2016; 58 (9): 855-860.

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