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Pleurisy (cont.)

Pleurisy Causes

There are many causes of pleurisy.

  • Infectious disease caused by virus, bacteria, fungus, tuberculosis, or parasites
  • Cancer such as mesothelioma or spread from other areas
  • Collagen vascular disease such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoid disease, or scleroderma
  • Trauma from bruised or broken ribs
  • Gastrointestinal disease, for example pancreatitis, peritonitis, or a collection of pus under the diaphragm
  • Reaction to drugs such as methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall) and penicillin
  • Other causes
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