n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Silica, silicosis and tuberculosis - recognising the clinical link : more about... occupational and environmental health

Volume 27, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



In any year over 200 000 workers are engaged in mining occupations in South Africa. In the mid-1980s this figure was as high as 500 000 in the gold mining industry alone. The number of South Africans and citizens of neighbouring countries who are former miners is therefore very large indeed. This article proposes the following four guidelines for the recognition and management of silicosis and related pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB):

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