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How is pleurisy diagnosed?

Diagnosis for pleurisy includes a physical exam and discussion of symptoms. The pain associated with pleurisy is a distinguishing characteristic and often helps a doctor make a diagnosis. It typically involves the quick onset of sharp chest pain during breathing. The doctor will use a stethoscope to listen to breathing, which generally makes a squeaking or rubbing sound due to friction. After diagnosis, the doctor may order additional tests to determine the underlying cause. These tests may include x-rays, CT scans, blood tests, analysis of fluid in the pleural cavity, EKG, or ultrasound.

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What is pleurisy?
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Pleurisy is a lung condition where the lining of your lungs and chest cavity are inflamed. The lung ...
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How long does pleurisy last?
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How long pleurisy lasts depends on what causes it. If the cause can be fully treated and cured, such...
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How do other illnesses affect pleurisy?
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Is pleurisy known by any other names?
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There are other names for pleurisy. The painful lung condition is also known as pleuritis, pleuritic...
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