Pleura & peritoneum

Pleura nonneoplastic conditions


Topic Completed: 1 December 2013

Minor changes: 11 January 2021

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PubMed Search: Pleuritis[TI] free full text[sb]

Vaidehi Avadhani, M.D.
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Cite this page: Avadhani V. Pleuritis. website. Accessed December 2nd, 2021.
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
Negative stains
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