Understanding Pleurisy -- Symptoms

Medically Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on May 14, 2023
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Symptoms of pleurisy may include the following:

  • Severe, fleeting, sharp pain in your chest, often on one side only, when breathing deeply, coughing, moving, sneezing, or even talking.
  • Severe chest pain that goes away when you hold your breath.
  • When pleurisy occurs in certain locations of the lungs, the pain can be felt in other parts of the body such as the neck, shoulder, or abdomen.
  • Rapid, shallow breathing in response to the pain.

 pleural effusion is when there is an unusual amount of fluid around the lungs. The symptoms can include:

  • Get emergency medical help for any chest pain or difficulty breathing.
  • Even if you have already been diagnosed with pleurisy, call your doctor right away for even a low grade fever. A fever may be present if there is any infection or inflammation.