Although first discovered in the late 1700s, health effects resulting from beryllium (Be) exposure are diseases of the 20th Century. This Chapter reviews current information regarding the health effects of Be, with emphasis on chronic beryllium disease (CBD), the principal adverse health risk from inhaled Be today. This disease is immunologically mediated through a T-lymphocyte-dependent response to inhaled Be particles, resulting in a persistent granulomatous lung disease with pulmonary debilitation.


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  1. 1.Inhalation Toxicology LaboratoryLovelace Respiratory Research InstituteAlbuquerqueUSA

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