Complicated silicosis resulting from occupational exposure to engineered stone products

Elie Matar, Anthony Frankel, Lucinda Katharine McCowan Blake, Elizabeth J Silverstone, Anthony R Johnson and Deborah H Yates
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00257
Published online: 15 May 2017

Clinical record

  • 1 Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, NSW



We gratefully acknowledge Dr Carl Bulliard for selecting and providing the histology slides used in this article.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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