• Pleurisy

    by  • 17/06/2013 • Respiratory

    PLEURISY:

    1. Definition: Inflammation of the pleura
    2. p/c: sharp inspiratory pleuritic (‘catching’) chest pain, dyspnoea, cough, fever, chills, weight loss, sore throat.
    3. Causes: viral, pneumonia, TB, SLE, LC, CF, sarcoidosis, PE, idiopathic.
    4. O/E: CXR, CT, USS, MRI, FBC, ABG, thoracocentesis (identify pathogen)
    5. Tx: aspirate fluid, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, also useful = indomethacin, tacrolimus, methotrexate
    6. Complications: pleural effusion, pneumothorax, haemothorax 
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