Pleura
Nonneoplastic conditions
Pleuritis

Author: Vaidehi Avadhani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 22 March 2018, last major update December 2013

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Definition / general
  • May be secondary to lung disease, hematoma
  • Fibrosis may cause pleural symphysis (fusion of visceral and parietal layers)
  • Thickened pleura may prevent lung expansion; treat with decortication
  • Hemorrhagic pleuritis: rare, associated with hemorrhage, Rickettsiae infection, tumor
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Thickened pleura is composed of fibrous tissue without elastic fibers