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Is pleurisy serious?

The conditions that cause pleurisy are usually more serious than the condition itself. Though pleurisy is a painful condition, with treatment it is not very serious. Treatment is necessary though, because pleurisy can cause complications such as a collapsed lung and breathing trouble. The cause of pleurisy can be quite serious, too, such as an autoimmune disorder, lung disease, or cancer.

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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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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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What do I need to know about caring for someone with pleurisy?
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The main thing for you to understand about pleurisy is that it is painful. Your loved one may be in ...
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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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