Learn About Pleurisy

What is the definition of Pleurisy?

Pleurisy is an inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest (the pleura) that leads to chest pain when you take a breath or cough.

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What are the alternative names for Pleurisy?

Pleuritis; Pleuritic chest pain

What are the causes of Pleurisy?

Pleurisy may develop when you have lung inflammation due to infection, such as a viral infection, pneumonia, or tuberculosis.

It may also occur with:

  • Asbestos-related disease
  • Certain cancers
  • Chest trauma
  • Blood clot (pulmonary embolus)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
What are the symptoms of Pleurisy?

The main symptom of pleurisy is pain in the chest. This pain often occurs when you take a deep breath in or out, or cough. Some people feel the pain in the shoulder.

Deep breathing, coughing, and chest movement make the pain worse.

Pleurisy can cause fluid to collect inside the chest. As a result, the following symptoms can occur:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing
  • Pain with deep breaths
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What are the current treatments for Pleurisy?

Treatment depends on the cause of the pleurisy. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. Surgery may be needed to drain infected fluid from the lungs. Viral infections normally run their course without medicines.

Taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help reduce pain.

Who are the top Pleurisy Local Doctors?
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European Respiratory Journal

Lleida, ES 

Jose Porcel-Manuel is in Lleida, Spain. Porcel-Manuel is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Pleurisy. He is also highly rated in 12 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Parapneumonic Pleural Effusion, Pleural Effusion, Empyema, and Pleurisy.

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Universidade Federal De Goiás

Goiania, GO, BR 

Iziara Florentino is in Goiania, Brazil. Florentino is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Pleurisy. They are also highly rated in 1 other condition, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Pleurisy, Peptic Ulcer, Necrosis, and Scabies.

 
 
 
 
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Fukujuji Hospital

Tokyo, JP 

Kozo Morimoto is in Tokyo, Japan. Morimoto is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Pleurisy. They are also highly rated in 12 other conditions, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Mycobacterium Avium Complex Infections, Pleurisy, Diffuse Panbronchiolitis, and Pulmonary Tuberculosis.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Pleurisy?

Recovery depends on the cause of the pleurisy.

What are the possible complications of Pleurisy?

Health problems that may develop from pleurisy include:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Fluid buildup between chest wall and lung
  • Complications from the original illness
When should I contact a medical professional for Pleurisy?

Call your provider if you have symptoms of pleurisy. If you have breathing difficulty or your skin turns blue, seek medical care right away.

How do I prevent Pleurisy?

Early treatment of bacterial respiratory infections can prevent pleurisy.

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What are our references for Pleurisy?

Fenster BE, Lee-Chiong TL, Gebhart GF, Matthay RA. Chest pain. In: Broaddus VC, Mason RJ, Ernst JD, et al, eds. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 31.

McCool FD. Diseases of the diaphragm, chest wall, pleura, and mediastinum. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 92.