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Pleurisy or pericarditis. How can you tell the difference?

Pleurisy or pericarditis. How can you tell the difference?

EKG: Pleurisy- inflammation of the lining of lung and pericarditis is inflammation of lining of heart. Pericarditis is more severe and need medical attention. Most of the cases of pleurisy subside with symptomatic management. ...Read more

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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
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Pericarditis (Definition)

A condition in which you experience an inflammation of the pericardium, two thin layers of a sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart, holds it in place ...Read more


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What's the difference between pericarditis and pleurisy?

What's the difference between pericarditis and pleurisy?

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

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How can you tell if what you're feeling is pleurisy or pericarditis?

How can you tell if what you're feeling is pleurisy or pericarditis?

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

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What do peritonitis pleurisy and pericarditis have in common?

What do peritonitis pleurisy and pericarditis have in common?

Inflammarion/ fluid: They all mean inflammation and often fluid accumulation in different bodily cavities (abdominal, chest and heart). ...Read more

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Are peritonitis, pleurisy, and pericarditis all accompanied by pain?

Are peritonitis, pleurisy, and pericarditis all accompanied by pain?

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

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What makes peritonitis, pleurisy, and pericarditis cause a great deal of pain?

What makes peritonitis, pleurisy, and pericarditis cause a great deal of pain?

Inflammation: All of the conditions are caused by inflammation. That means there is irritation of nerve endings leading to pain. Pleurisy is also called pleuritis. In medical terminology, the ending -itis means inflammation. ...Read more

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Do some research on pleurisy, peritonitis and pericarditis. What are these conditions and how do they affect homeostasis in the body?

Do some research on pleurisy, peritonitis and pericarditis. What are these conditions and how do they affect homeostasis in the body?

Inflammation: All these conditions share a common pathology: inflammation of covering layers of reesopective organs. Effects on homeostasis is too broad to answer here. Your question should be precise, not too broad. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

more of same: Very likely sle related. Is the pain worse with a deep breath or cough? This is key! if so, it's more pleurisy or pericarditis. If not, it may well be muscular/arthritic/soft tissue inflammation from sle - check with your rheumatologist for addl treatment options. ...Read more

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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?

Recovery time: The CRP and ESR are just general markers for inflammation and may not reflect local inflammation. In addition, even if the inflammation has stopped, the damaged tissue needs time to heal. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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How can you tell the difference between costcochondritis and pleurisy?

How can you tell the difference between costcochondritis and pleurisy?

Difficult to tell: sometimes. Fever, pain on respiration, and pleuritic rub favor pleurisy. Local tenderness favors costochondritis. More importantly, yo need to make sure that it is not pulmonary embolism, which is also sometimes difficult to tell. ...Read more

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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

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Please tell me the difference between pericarditis and bacterial endocarditis?

Please tell me the difference between pericarditis and bacterial endocarditis?

Difference: Pericarditis is inflammation of the lining around the heart - the pericardium, generally with a fluid collection between the pericardium and the heart. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, generally on a valve surface, either natural or artificial. ...Read more

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As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis ?

Inflamation: Pericarditis is inflamation of the sack around the heart. Pushing on your chest will not reproduce the pain. Some changes in position will. Costochondritis is inflamation in the chest wall. Applying pressure will cause the pain to increase. ...Read more

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What's the difference between pleurisy & costoconditis?

See below: 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

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Pericaridectomy, pericarditis. What is the difference?

Pericaridectomy, pericarditis. What is the difference?

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

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Pleurisy (Definition)

Inflammation of the tissues that line the ...Read more