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Pleurisy Or Pericarditis How Can You Tell The Difference
Different organs: The pericardium is a membrane that surrounds and protects the heart. When it is inflammed, for example by infection, the condition is called 'pericarditis'. The pleura are two membranes that surround and protect the lungs. Inflammation of these structures is called 'pleuritis' or 'pleursy'. The two structures are close to eachother, so symptoms can overlap. ...Read more
Let me help: Pleurisy is an inflammation of the pleura, the lining of the pleural cavity surrounding the lungs.The inflamed pleural layers rub against each other every time the lungs expand to breathe in air. This can cause severe sharp pain with inhalation. In pericarditis characteristic chest pain is often present. Which is relieved by sitting up and bending forward and worsened by lying down or inspiration. ...Read more
EZ 4 U 2 SAY: The lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum), lungs (pleura), and heart (pericardium) are all innervated with many nerve fibers. Therefore, anything that irritates these linings can cause severe pain. In contrat, many of the organs that reside in these cavities have very few pain fibers; the nerves are more responsible for organ function. ...Read more
If the suffix -itis means "inflammation of" what do peritonitis, pleurisy and pericarditis have in common?
Do some research on pleurisy, peritonitis and pericarditis. What are these conditions and how do they affect homeostasis in the body?
If you have normal 2decho jan, 12 lead ecg, chest xray, how long would pleurisy or pericarditis take place or will it happen even normal test?
Pleurisy and...: Pericarditis don't always show up on tests you had. They are appropriate to start the eval. Mri may help if pericarditis is a concern. Relief of central chest pain while leaning forward suggests pericardial source. Pain with deep inspiration, especially in either chest region, suggests pleurisy. Pleurisy tends to resolve over a few weeks. Pericarditis is much less predictable. Other sources poss? ...Read more
SLE pt. Bouts of pleurisy and pericarditis. Dr says I am now low on IgG and IgA. IgM on lower side of norm. Low C3 for yrs. Norm for lupus?
Lupus: Low C3 is expected in lupus due to disease activity and consuming up complement proteins cascade, which C3 is one of these proteins, the low immunoglobulins can very well be secondary to the immuosuppressants you're on, please keep a close follow up with your doctor and possibly an immnologist input would help, up to your rheumatologist ...Read more
Sle. history of pleurisy/effusion and pericarditis with serositis of liver etc. Now center to right chest pain on even mild exertion. Most likely cause?
Ct shows parenchymal scarring of both lung apex. Pleurisy/pericarditis this summer but pain never totally went away. Could this scarring cause pain?
Can pericarditis cause pain in mid of chest rad. To rignt shoulder and right upper back? history of pericarditis/ pleurisy. Sleeping in recliner. Sle.
Sle patient. diangosis with pleurisy and pericarditis. Very high CRP and sed rate but is now normal. If inflammation is norm why am i still having symptoms?
Hx of pericarditis and pleurisy,pleural effusion. Been sleeping in recliner x 1yr. Pain inc and feels like drowning when lie flat.Heart or lungs?
Cause of conditions:
All three of these conditions are very serious. I would probably start by seeing an internal medicine doctor and & let him/her sort out what is going on and make any referrals that may be necessary.
If you are not in distress currently, call to make an urgent appointment in the morning. If you are in pain and /or short of breath, then call 911 and be taken to the emergency room now. ...Read more
Is it pleurisy or pericarditis for chest pain in the center of sternum, below left breast.Normal 2decho jan2013, chest xray, 12lead ecg, threadmill test?
Describe the pain: How long have you had it? Is it the sequelae of a flu or cold you've had recently. If the pain increases with inspiration or coughing it is more likely musculoskeletal so costochondritis or pleuritic pain is most likely. See your doctor tomorrow. Those tests you're asking about are only necessary if more simple diagnostic steps haven't succeeded in identifying the problem. ...Read more
Pleuritis and pericarditis off/on past 2 yrs. Effusions in past. Card says echo clear. Sleep sitting up due to sev pain. Rheum says more pred. Advice?
SLE pt. Pleuritis/pericarditis off/on joint pain.SED rate ">140".CRP norm.Eosin incr. C3 81. Dr just says repeat. Something different or sle?
See details: These symptoms are all consistent with a lupus flare. A more detailed evaluation needs to be done now. Repeating lab is not enough. ...Read more
How can you tell the difference in pain between pleurisy, a kidney stone or pulmonary embolus? Pain when taking deep breath. No fever. Heat helps.
Need other symptoms: To determine the difference b/w pleurisy (infx/inflammation of lining of lungs), pulm embolism (PE), & nephrolithiasis, u need more info. Kidney stones cause flank pain (to sides), & blood in urine or pain w/ urination. Pleurisy normally involves chills, swea, cough, other S/Sx of inflamm. PE causes shortness of breath, low oxygenation, which can b measured. TTYD 4 testing if u suspect 1 of these. ...Read more
Pattern of pain: It may be easier to differentiate the pleuritic pain from heart attack pain. However, it is quite difficult to differentiate between heart attack and heart spasms. Typical pleuritic pain is described as sharp pain that worsen with breathing. Commonly seen in pneumonia, viral infection, etc. Typical heart attack pain is described as pressure liked, "elephant sitting on the chest" type pain. ...Read more
As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis ?
Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest (the pleura) that leads to chest pain (usually sharp) when you take a breath or cough.
Costochondritis is a benign inflammation of the costal cartilage, which is a length of cartilage which connects each rib, except the eleventh and twelfth, to the sternum. It causes pain in the chest that can be reproduced by pressing on the ribs. ...Read more
See below: Pericarditis is an inflammation of the lining of the heart(pericardium). Pericardectomy is a surgical procedure that strips the pericardium from the heart. This is done to treat complications from pericarditis usually as a last resort when other treatments have been ineffective. ...Read more
Restricted vs constr: To oversimplify, one squeezes the heart from outside and the other restricts from stiffening within the heart wall. ...Read more
No difference: Basically same.Get a more detailed answer ›
Disease Location: In constrictive pericarditis the pathology is located in the pericardium surrounding the heart. In restrictive heart disease, the pathology is located within the muscle the heart. The clinical presentation may be quite similar. ...Read more
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