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Is pleurisy a sign of something dangerous?
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Dr. Stephen Siegel
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Depends on cause
There are two layers of pleura, one layer surrounds the lung and the other covers the chest wall.
There is a thin layer of fluid between the two layers so the lungs glide smoothly against the chest when breathing. Inflammation of those surfaces can cause pain and causes include infection (bacterial/viral), blood clots, post traumatic/surgery but other causes such as cancer are possible.

In brief: Depends on cause
There are two layers of pleura, one layer surrounds the lung and the other covers the chest wall.
There is a thin layer of fluid between the two layers so the lungs glide smoothly against the chest when breathing. Inflammation of those surfaces can cause pain and causes include infection (bacterial/viral), blood clots, post traumatic/surgery but other causes such as cancer are possible.
Dr. Stephen Siegel
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