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What lung disorders can cause chest pain?

Lung disorders that can cause chest pain include:

  • Pulmonary embolism - This cause of chest pain occurs when a blood clot becomes lodged in a lung (pulmonary) artery, blocking blood flow to lung tissue.
  • Pleurisy - This is when the membrane that covers the lungs becomes inflamed. Pleurisy can cause chest pain that's made worse with inhaling or coughing.
  • Collapsed lung - A collapsed lung occurs when air leaks into the space between the lung and the ribs. The chest pain associated with a collapsed lung typically begins suddenly and can last for hours.
  • Pulmonary hypertension - High blood pressure in the arteries carrying blood to the lungs (pulmonary hypertension) also can produce chest pain.

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