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what can cause pleurisy

  • Pleurisy's possible causes are tuberculosis, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, pulmonary embolism, Systemic lupus erythematosus, chronic renal failure, chronic Childhood Arthritis, familial Mediterranean fever and Radiotherapy.
  • tuberculosis

    tuberculosis, a lung infection

  • pneumonia

    pneumonia (respiratory disease characterized by inflammation of the lung parenchyma (excluding the bronchi) with congestion caused by viruses or bacteria or irritants)

  • rheumatoid arthritis

    rheumatoid arthritis ((or RA) a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the joints)

  • pulmonary embolism

    pulmonary embolism, a blockage of the pulmonary artery, usually occuring when a venous thrombus, becomes dislodged from its site of formation and embolizes to the arterial blood supply of one of the lungs

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

    lupus erythematosus, a connective tissue disease

  • chronic renal failure

    Renal failure, chronic (the end-stage of chronic renal insufficiency)

  • chronic Childhood Arthritis

    juvenile idiopathic arthritis, formerly known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a most common form of persistent arthritis in children

  • familial Mediterranean fever

    familial Mediterranean fever, a hereditary inflammatory disorder that affects groups of patients originating from around the Mediterranean Sea

  • Radiotherapy

    Radiotherapy (radiation with sufficient quantal energy to cleave covalent bonds in biomolecules, resulting in ion pair products)