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What tests are used to diagnose pleurisy?

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Your doctor will want you to describe the type of pain you feel when you breathe or cough, and he’ll ask whether it gets better or worse as the day goes on. He’ll listen to your lungs with a stethoscope to see if they’re making any strange noises. (Doctors often can hear the pleura rubbing against each other.)

You may also need to have tests done, such as:

  • Imaging. If your doctor wants to rule out other problems besides pleurisy, he may send you for an X-ray, a CT scan, or even an ultrasound. These images can show if it’s pleurisy that’s causing your pain.
  • Blood tests. These may suggest whether an infection is the culprit. It may also reveal if you have an autoimmune disease like lupus, or another problem.
  • EKG. An electrocardiogram of your heart might show that your chest pain is caused by a heart problem, not pleurisy.

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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