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Disorders of the pleura include:
Pleurisy - inflammation of the pleura that causes sharp pain with breathing
Pleural effusion - excess fluid in the pleural space
Pneumothorax - buildup of air or gas in the pleural space
Hemothorax - buildup of blood in the pleural space
Many different conditions can cause pleural problems. Viral infection is the most common cause of pleurisy. The most common cause of pleural effusion is congestive heart failure. Lung diseases, like COPD, tuberculosis, and acute lung injury, cause pneumothorax. Injury to the chest is the most common cause of hemothorax. Treatment focuses on removing fluid, air, or blood from the pleural space, relieving symptoms, and treating the underlying condition. The symptoms include:
• Shortness of breath or rapid, shallow breathing
• Fever and chills
• Unexplained weight loss
• Sudden, sharp chest pain that gets worse when you breathe in deeply or cough
• Chest tightness
• Easy fatigue (tiredness)
• A rapid heart rate
• A bluish tint to the skin caused by lack of oxygen
HOW IS PLEURAL DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician/Pulmonologist diagnoses Pleural Disease by performing a physical examination, chest ultrasound, and pleural fluid analysis. Often, the doctor may schedule a thoracoscopy to diagnoses the type of Pleural Disease.
HOW IS PLEURAL DISEASE TREATED?
While in most of the cases, Pleural Disease is treated by draining the fluid from the chest cavity but in certain cases, the doctor may treat this disease by surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pleural Disease can often be the result of cancer cells spreading to the pleura.