There are several causes for either acute or chronic pleurisy.
- Viral infection (influenza, mumps)
- Lung infections from bacteria (eg, tuberculosis ) or parasites (eg, amebiasis)
- Systemic lupus
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cancer metastases
- Liver and kidney disease (chronic)
- Sickle cell disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- After a heart attack (eg, Dressler’s syndrome)
- Heart failure
- Pulmonary embolism
- Chest injury
- Drug reaction (nitrofurantoin, procainamide)
The following factors increase your chance of developing pleurisy. If you have any of these risk factors, tell your doctor:
- Infection, injury, or tumor
- An underlying lung condition, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, lung abscesses, or influenza
These are the most common causes, however, pleurisy can occur spontaneously.
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