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What happens in pleurisy?

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When the pleura are swollen and inflamed, they rub against each other in a very painful way each time that your lungs expand as you take a breath. When you inhale deeply, cough, sneeze or laugh, you’ll likely feel a sharp, stabbing pain in the area of this inflammation.

From: Pleurisy: What You Should Know WebMD Medical Reference

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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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