Pleurisy

The Healing Power of the Breath Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders
The Healing Power of the Breath Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders

Definition

The word pleurisy refers to inflammation of the pleura (parts of the anatomy of the lungs).


Cause

Pleurisy may be caused by pneumonia in the affected lung. The normally shiny and slippery pleural surfaces lose their sheen and become slightly sticky, so that there is pain on deep breathing.

Pleurisy is always associated with some other disease in the lung, chest wall, diaphragm, or abdomen.


Effects (Symptoms)

  • Pain on deep breathing
  • A characteristic 'rub' can be heard through a stethoscope.

 

See also a list of diseases and disorders of the respiratory system (info all on one page).

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