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Does pleurisy run in families?

At this point, doctors do not believe that pleurisy runs in families. Since pleurisy is almost always a complication of other medical conditions, it is caused by those illnesses rather than genetics. However, some of the medical conditions that can cause pleurisy, such as some cancers, autoimmune disorders, and diseases, may run in families. Most often pleurisy is caused by viral infections, which cannot be hereditary.

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