Pleural disease

Pulmonology specialists can help diagnose and treat a range of pleural diseases by working with your care team to treat the cause of your pleurisy and manage your care.

What you should know about pleural disease

  • The pleura is a membrane that lines your chest cavity and also covers your lungs. There is a small space between the layers of your pleura, which usually contains a small amount of fluid. This fluid acts as a lubricant between the two pleura layers.
  • Pleurisy is also called pleuritic pain and refers to inflammation of the pleura. It can make breathing very difficult and very painful. It is commonly caused by viral infections, lung infections and chest injuries, although it can be a sign of cancer or pulmonary embolism.
  • Some pleural diseases may be caused by an underlying condition such as congestive heart failure.

Why choose Geisinger for your pleural disease care?

  • Geisinger pulmonologists and respiratory therapists are skilled at treating all types of respiratory failure, both chronic and acute, using advanced techniques to help manage your condition and improve your quality of life.

Treatment options

Treatment for pleural diseases may include:

  • Antibiotics : We may use antibiotics to prevent or manage infections.
  • Removal of fluid
  • Diuretics
  • Surgery

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