Pleurisy: Symptom or Condition?

Jennifer Confer, PharmD, BCPS; Jennifer Egbert-Kibler, PharmD


US Pharmacist 

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Pleurisy is a condition in which pleuritic chest pain may evolve as a symptom secondary to a primary cause. NSAIDs (particularly indomethacin), along with opioid analgesics, remain the mainstay of treatment for pleurisy; identification and treatment of the primary cause are also important. A variety of disorders can cause pleurisy, including pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, and myocardial infarction; the condition may also be drug induced. It is imperative that life-threatening conditions be considered first when a patient presents with pleuritic chest pain.


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