Pleuritic Chest Pain

Pleuritic chest pain is more commonly called Pleurisy or Pleuritis and just as the name indicates, it is a condition in which the ‘pleura’ is subjected to inflammation due to which the chest pains a lot. The pain can elevate while breathing as well as coughing. There are a number of causes of Pleuritic chest pain. Here are a few of them.

Possible Causes Of Pleuritic Chest Pain

  • Rib fracture
  • Cancer
  • Chest trauma
  • Rheumatic disease
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Inflammation of the lungs due to tuberculosis or pneumonia
  • Epidemic pleurodynia
  • Rupture in the esophagus and others

Most diseases are associated with characteristic symptoms that aid in their diagnosis. Pleuritic chest pain is no exception. Those suffering from Pleuritic pain show a number of symptoms and signs of the problem. Here are a few Pleuritic chest pain symptoms:

  • The most common and prominent of all the symptoms of Pleuritic chest pain is the stabbing ache experienced in the chest region. This pain as aforementioned aggravates further when the patient breathes deeply or coughs.
  • Other most common symptoms that are recognized in patients of Pleuritic chest pain are fever, shoulder pain, worsening of the pain due to chest movement, cough and deep breathing, cough itself, cyanosis, fluid accumulation in the pleuritic region that leads to further chest pain.

The condition may be diagnosed using diagnostic techniques such as CBC, chest ultrasound, chest X-ray, etc. The treatment of Pleuritic chest pain however depends upon the kind of pain and the reasons behind it. Pleurisy can in fact be of two different types: Dry and wet.

  • Dry Pleurisy is more common of the two and in this the pleural layers seem to rub against each other, which is why pain arises along with a lot of discomfort.
  • Wet Pleurisy on the other hand is a condition in which the fluid increases between the two layers and the excess fluids lead to lung compression.

When treatment is carried out, it depends both on the cause as well as the pain. The treatment is given such that both are targeted. Antibiotics are usually given with analgesics to bring the pain down as well as to alleviate the bacterial infections. Advil and ibuprofen are commonly prescribed. If the pain is too much and these medicines are rendered useless, corticosteroids are given. Rest is a very important factor when it comes to treatment of Pleuritic chest pain and it is thus absolutely necessary to relax and take as much rest as possible.