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What is Plevritis (pleurisy)?

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Pleurisy can be a painful irritation of the tissue that surrounds the lungs. Basic info on types of pleurisy, anatomy of the lungs, and medical definitions here...
Learn which medical conditions can cause pleurisy and other pleura disorders here. Plus, check out if you are at risk of pleurisy in the risk factors section....
Pleurisy can manifest as a sharp stabbing chest pain when you inhale, cough or sneeze. Learn to identify signs and symptoms of pleura disorders here....
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On 25/12/05 it started with small nagging pain in the left side of my back, it got worse on boxing day i went to see an out of hours doctor, he said it was muscle pain and gave me Solpadol, it got worse so my wife took me to A&E after xray was diagnosed with pleurisy was given large dose of ant-biotics, anti-inflammatory, and pain killers. It got no better, went to own GP gave me more pain killers and referred me to a chest specialist, my wife paid private because i was in agony, he examined me, sent me for blood tests and more xrays. Have lost two stone in weight am still in agony constantly. Please help..............

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replied February 20th, 2006
Lung Cancer, Lung Disorders Answer A347
Plevritis (pleurisy) is a serious condition. It could be life-threatening if the pleural drain is massive and disturbs lung function. In cases of massive pleural drain, an emergency procedure (pleural drainage) is performed. It is very important to find out the reason for your pleurisy. The most common reasons are lung inflammation (pneumonia) and lung cancer. An X-ray image of the lungs detects pleural drain but it could also detect its origin. An X-ray, blood picture, pleural punition and microbiological examinations are ample diagnostic procedures for identifying pneumonia. If there are suspicions that lung cancer is present, a bronchoscopic biopsy and a thoracic CT-scan can be performed.
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