Bauxite fibrosis

Bauxite pneumoconiosis, is a progressive form of pneumoconiosis usually caused by occupational exposure to bauxite fumes which contain aluminium and silica particulates.[1]

Bauxite fibrosis
Other namesShaver's disease, Corundum smelter's lung, Bauxite lung or Bauxite smelters' disease
Bauxite with unweathered rock core

It is typically seen in workers involved in the smelting of bauxite to produce corundum.[2]


Initially, the disease appears as alveolitis, and then progresses to emphysema.[3]

Patients may develop pneumothorax (collapsed lung).




  1. Tamotsu Takishima (1994-05-23). Basic and Clinical Aspects of Pulmonary Fibrosis. CRC Press. pp. 391–. ISBN 978-0-8493-8927-6.
  2. WYATT JP, RIDDELL AC (1949). "The morphology of bauxite-fume pneumoconiosis". Am. J. Pathol. 25 (3): 447–65. PMC 1942907. PMID 18127135.
  3. Lippincott (2012-11-05). Professional Guide to Diseases. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. pp. 1200–. ISBN 978-1-4511-7892-0.

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