Pleurisy caused by viral infections usually lasts about seven days and goes away. Pleurisy from other conditions, such as a cancer, may continue indefinitely.
Medically reviewed by James E Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease
Last Editorial Review: 4/9/2014
Author: Christopher P Holstege, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Coauthor(s): Nathan P Charlton, MD, Medical Toxicology Fellow, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Editor: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD
Previous contributing authors and editors:
Coauthor(s): Alexander Baer, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Editors:Michael D Burg, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University Medical Center, University of California at San Francisco-Fresno;
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine;
Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor III, MD, Vice-Chief, Compliance Officer, Attending Physician Emergency Medicine Residency, Department of Emergency Medicine, Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, University of South Carolina.
Christopher P Holstege, MD
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