Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest (the pleura) that leads to chest pain (usually sharp) when you take a breath or cough.
Pleuritis; Pleuritic chest pain
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Pleurisy may develop when you have lung inflammation due to infections such as
pneumoniaor tuberculosis. It is often a sign of a viral infection of the lungs. This inflammation also causes the sharp chest pain of pleurisy.
It may also occur with:
- Certain cancers
- Chest trauma
- Rheumatic diseases