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Madison, AL
A 25-year-old female asked:

So what specifically is happening when a heavy smoker begins to get recurring pleuritis directly caused by the cigarette smoking? no cancer or asthma

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Dr. James Rotchford
Addiction Medicine 42 years experience
Good question: To attribute recurrent pleuritis to smoking cigarettes is perhaps problematic. I'm not an expert in recurring pleuritis but i would be looking for other possibilities. Chronic coughing might make irritation of the pleura more likely but i'm not aware of the chronic bronchitis so common in smokers being the source of pleuritis you may have heard this from someone who knows more than i or not.
Last updated Apr 3, 2014

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