The nurse is caring for a patient with accelerated silicosis. With this type of silicosis, the nurse would expect


Accelerated silicosis: This is characterized by rapidly progressing symptoms and x-ray changes.

Simple silicosis: The patient was exposed to low concentrations of silica and is usually asymptomatic. Abnormalities are often detected on x-ray.

Complicated silicosis: This is characterized by severe scarring and fibrosis of the lung tissue.

Acute silicosis: This develops within a few years after exposure to silica dust and is characterized by rapid onset of dyspnea, cough, and weight loss. X-ray reveals a ground-glass appearance.

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