Pleural Disease is an excessive buildup of fluid in the space between the lungs and chest cavity. Thin membranes, called pleura, cover the outside of the lungs and the inside of the chest cavity. When the pleura create to much fluid due to infection, this fluid accumulates in the chest cavity outside the lung, causing Pleural Disease. Some of the signs of Pleural Disease include chest pain, fever, dry cough, persistent hiccups, difficulty breathing when lying down and many more.
HOW IS PLEURAL DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
A general physician/ pulmonologist initially suspects pleural disease by taking a medical history and performing a physical examination. Following supportive tests are conducted:
• Chest X Ray
• Blood test
• Chest CT Scan
• Fluid analysis
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.