Pleuritic Chest Pain

Pleuritic Chest Pain
Pleuritic Chest Pain

Overview Of Pleuritic Chest Pain

Pleuritic Chest Pain is synonymous with the term pleurisy. Pleurisy is an inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest (the pleura) that leads to chest pain when you take a breath or cough.

Commonly Associated With

Pleuritis; Pleurisy

Causes Of Pleuritic Chest Pain

Pleurisy may develop when you have lung inflammation due to infection, such as a viral infection, pneumonia, or tuberculosis.

It may also occur with:

Symptoms Of Pleuritic Chest Pain

The main symptom of pleurisy is a pain in the chest. This pain often occurs when you take a deep breath in or out or cough. Some people feel pain in the shoulder.

Deep breathing, coughing, and chest movement makes the pain worse.

Pleurisy can cause fluid to collect inside the chest. As a result, the following symptoms can occur:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing
  • Pain with deep breaths

Exams & Tests

When you havepleurisy, the normally smooth surfaces lining the lung (the pleura) become rough. They rub together with each breath. This results in a rough, grating sound called a friction rub. Your health care provider can hear this sound with the stethoscope.

The provider may order the following tests:

  • CBC
  • X-ray of the chest
  • CT scan of the chest
  • Ultrasound of the chest
  • Removal of pleural fluid with a needle (thoracentesis) for analysis

Treatment Of Pleuritic Chest Pain

Treatment depends on the cause of pleurisy. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. Surgery may be needed to drain the infected fluid from the lungs. Viral infections normally run their course without medicines.

Taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help reduce pain.