Pleurisy causes

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Farman Khan, MD, MRCP [2] Luke Rusowicz-Orazem, B.S.


Pleurisy is commonly caused by bacterial and viral infections, as well as cancer. Other causes include drug side effects, physical chest trauma, and autoimmune conditions.


Life Threatening Causes

Common Causes

Causes by Organ System

Cardiovascular Cardiac surgery, Dressler syndrome, Pulmonary embolism
Chemical/Poisoning Asbestos exposure
Dental No underlying causes
Dermatologic No underlying causes
Drug Side Effect Alferon n, Amiodarone, Inerferon alfa, Infergen, Intron a, Ivacaftor, Methotrexate, Methysergide, Nitrofurantoin, Oxcarbazepine, Pegintron, Pentamidine isethionate, Pramipexole, Roferon-a, Sulfasalazine
Ear Nose Throat Sjogren syndrome
Endocrine No underlying causes
Environmental Asbestos exposure
Gastroenterologic Familial mediterranean fever, Recurrent hereditary polyserositis
Genetic No underlying causes
Hematologic No underlying causes
Iatrogenic Cardiac surgery, Radiotherapy
Infectious Disease Bacterial pleural infection, Bronchiectasis, Bronchitis, Bronchogenic carcinoma, Familial mediterranean fever, Lemierre syndrome, Lung infection, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Pneumonia, Respiratory tract infection, Tuberculosis, Viral pleural infection
Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic No underlying causes
Neurologic No underlying causes
Nutritional/Metabolic No underlying causes
Obstetric/Gynecologic No underlying causes
Oncologic Bronchogenic carcinoma, Lung cancer, Pleural cancer
Ophthalmologic No underlying causes
Overdose/Toxicity No underlying causes
Psychiatric No underlying causes
Pulmonary Bacterial pleural infection, Bronchitis, Chest trauma, Churg-strauss syndrome, Lung cancer, Lung infection, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Penetrating chest injury, Pleural cancer, Pleural effusion , Pneumonia, Pulmonary embolism, Pulmonary infarction, Respiratory tract infection, Rib fracture, Tuberculosis, Viral pleural infection, Wegener granulomatosis
Renal/Electrolyte Renal failure
Rheumatology/Immunology/Allergy Churg-strauss syndrome, Juvenile chronic arthritis, Recurrent hereditary polyserositis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Sjogren syndrome, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Wegener granulomatosis
Sexual No underlying causes
Trauma Chest trauma, Oesophageal rupture, Penetrating chest injury, Pulmonary infarction, Rib fracture
Urologic No underlying causes
Miscellaneous No underlying causes

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