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Fort Knox, KY
A 34-year-old female asked:

Can pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia cause pain in ribs and back?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Yes: The presence of pleural fluid indicates involvement of the pleura - inflammation there (commonly called pleurisy) can accompany pneumonia and is painful with inspiration or cough. NSAIDs, (like ibuprofen) are often very effective for this type of pain.
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