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A 36-year-old female asked:

Recovered from pleural effusion frm pneumonia 12 days ago but still having pleurisy.is it normal?ctscan, xray, cbc, tibc, ana, ferittin, tb shows normal

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 34 years experience
Yes: In general, the pleural (lining of the lungs) may become inflammed or infected with a pneumonia. The fluid that is part of the normal lubrication of the lungs may collect abnormally -- which is called an effusion. Once it is resorbed, residual pain and discomfort may be experienced for several weeks to months after the event.
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Could be normal: As long as all the testing is negative, it just may be residual inflammation in the lungs from the pneumonia. Hopefully, it should get better. If it doesn't, would see your doctor right away.
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Last updated Feb 23, 2018

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