Pleurisy

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pleurisy is an inflammation of the lining of the lungs that can cause severe chest pain. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Pleurisy is an inflammation of the lining of the lungs that causes pain when you breathe or cough. When you have pleurisy, the normally smooth lining of the lung the pleura, become rough. They rub together with each breath, and may produce a grating sound called a friction rub.

Viral infection is the most common cause of pleurisy. Other diseases that can cause pleurisy are lung infections, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, liver and kidney disease, heart failure and pulmonary embolism. Symptoms of pleurisy may include:

Shortness of breath.

A dry cough.

Sharp pain in your chest, often on one side only, when breathing deeply, coughing, moving, sneezing or even talking, and

Rapid, shallow breathing in response to the pain.

Once the underlying cause of your pleurisy is identified, your doctor will take steps to treat it, such as administering antibiotics for an infection. Pleurisy is generally only as serious as the underlying disease causing it.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.