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What causes pleurisy?

Pleurisy is caused by other medical conditions, most commonly viral infections that can inflame your lungs like  pneumonia. Other conditions that can cause pleurisy include bacterial infections like tuberculosis; some cancers (lung cancer, lymphoma, mesothelioma); pulmonary embolism; rheumatic diseases; asbestos-related diseases; chest injury; autoimmune disorders; heart or chest surgery; lung diseases; and inflammatory bowel disease. It is these underlying causes that must be treated to relieve pleurisy.

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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 do other illnesses affect pleurisy?
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The most significant way that other illnesses affect pleurisy is that they cause the condition in th...
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Is pleurisy serious?
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The conditions that cause pleurisy are usually more serious than the condition itself. Though pleuri...
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