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What causes pleurisy?

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Bacterial infections such as pneumonia often cause pleurisy. It can also be caused by a virus such as the flu, or by a fungus.

Some other things that can cause pleurisy to strike include:

  • Lung cancer
  • A blood clot in the lung
  • Other types of cancer that affect the lungs or pleura
  • An autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis

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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