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What are the symptoms of pleurisy?

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The chest pain that’s due to pleurisy has telltale signs that often make it easy for your doctor to know that you have it. You’re likely to notice these things:

  • A sharp, stabbing pain causes you to take small, shallow breaths, because it’s worse when you try to breathe deeply.
  • Pain is spreading to your shoulder or back.
  • You’re coughing.
  • You have a fever and chills.
  • You’re losing weight without trying to.

From: Pleurisy: What You Should Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What are pleurisy and other pleural disorders?” “What causes pleurisy and other pleural disorders?” “How are pleurisy and other pleural disorders diagnosed?” Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Pleurisy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Symptoms and causes,” “Diagnosis,” “Treatment.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Pleurisy.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What are pleurisy and other pleural disorders?” “What causes pleurisy and other pleural disorders?” “How are pleurisy and other pleural disorders diagnosed?” Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Pleurisy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Symptoms and causes,” “Diagnosis,” “Treatment.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Pleurisy.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

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