What is the outlook for someone who has beryllium disease?

The natural history of chronic beryllium disease (CBD) is currently incompletely understood. While some people may have granulomas in their lungs without experiencing untoward effects or symptoms, others develop respiratory (breathing) impairment that can be progressive over time or stable with treatment, while others develop progressive disease that may lead to disability and death.

There is no way to predict the course of a specific individual. This is why it is important to be evaluated and followed by a physician experienced in treating CBD.

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