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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Pleuritis (Overview)

Pleuritis, or 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.


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What do you recommend for pleuritis?

What do you recommend for pleuritis?

Pleuritis: Pleuritis or pleurisy is the inflammation of pleura (the lining of the lungs and the cavity they are in). Usually, viral in nature, it only requires time and sometimes anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen/naproxen to treat. Occasionally, Prednisone (steroid antiinflammatory) may be needed. Other causes may be autoimmune (in that case specific therapy is recommended) etc. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
55 doctors shared insights

Pleuritis (Overview)

Pleuritis, or 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.


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What are the major presenting symptoms of pleuritis?

What are the major presenting symptoms of pleuritis?

Treat the underlying: Most often associated with pneumonia. May need antibiotics, pain medications, cough suppressants etc see my previous answers. Inflammation of pleura lining of lung. ...Read more

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Nuclear stress test earlier today. diangosis w pleuritis last week. On pred. Heart racing since test. Not bad but noticeable at around 90 at rest. Related?

Nuclear stress test earlier today. diangosis w pleuritis last week. On pred. Heart racing since test. Not bad but noticeable at around 90 at rest. Related?

Tachycardia: This mild increase in your resting heart rate is most likely related to inflammation or low grade fever. Is there any associated lung problem associated with the plueritic inflammation? Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help reduce inflammation,temperature, and the heart rate. Your physician is best qualified to advise you as he/she knows all your findings. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pleuritis?

What are the tests for pleuritis?

Clinical exam: Usually determined by clinical exam. There are no specific tests but chest x ray may reveal pneumonia. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pleuritis?

What is the treatment for pleuritis?

Treat the underlying: Most often associated with pneumonia. May need antibiotics, pain medications, cough suppressants etc. ...Read more

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Can hospital tests detect something major before pleuritis gets worse?

Can hospital tests detect something major before pleuritis gets worse?

Yes, talk to the MD: It is important for the doctor to know what other symptoms (cough, fever, being short of breath, chest pain, etc.) go along with the pleuritis and whether they are getting worse or better. Special xrays and other tests can see what's wrong and whether it is getting better or worse. ...Read more

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What is pleuritis?

What is pleuritis?

Treat the underlying: Most often associated with pneumonia. May need antibiotics, pain medications, cough suppressants etc see my previous answers. Inflammation of pleura lining of lung. ...Read more

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What is chronic pleuritis from?

What is chronic pleuritis from?

Many factors: Viral infection (influenza, mumps) lung infections from bacteria (eg, tuberculosis ) or parasites (eg, amebiasis) lupus asbestosis pancreatitis rheumatoid arthritis cancer metastases liver and kidney disease (chronic) sickle cell disease inflammatory bowel disease after a heart attack . Heart failure pulmonary embolism chest injury drug reaction (nitrofurantoin). ...Read more