Pleurisy facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsPleurisy
|Synonyms||Pleuritis, pleuritic chest pain|
|Figure A shows normal anatomy. Figure B shows lungs with pleurisy in the right lung and a pneumothorax of the left lung.|
|Symptoms||Sharp chest pain|
|Causes||Viral infection, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism|
|Diagnostic method||Chest X-ray, electrocardiogram (ECG), blood tests|
|Similar conditions||Pericarditis, heart attack, cholecystitis|
|Treatment||Based on the underlying cause|
|Medication||Paracetamol (acetaminophen), ibuprofen|
|Frequency||1 million cases per year (United States)|
Pleurisy (also known as pleuritis) is an inflammation of the pleura, the lining surrounding the lungs. There are many possible causes of pleurisy but viral infections spreading from the lungs to pleural cavity are the most common. Pleurisy can cause sharp pain when breathing, also called pleuritic chest pain.
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