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Synonyms Pleuritis, pleuritic chest pain
Pleurisy and pneumothorax.jpg
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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