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