Thoracic Oncology at Boston Medical Center

Center for Thoracic Oncology

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Pleural Diseases

At Boston Medical Center's Center for Thoracic Oncology, we treat a broad range of conditions, including pleural diseases. We combine medical excellence, technologically advanced facilities and equipment, and a patient-centered approach to provide fast, accurate diagnoses and effective treatments.

What are Pleural Diseases?

The pleura is the membrane that lines your thoracic (chest) cavity and covers your lungs. It is a large sheet of tissue that wraps around the outside of your lungs and lines the inside of your chest cavity. There is a small space between the layers of your pleura, which contains a small amount of fluid that serves as a lubricant for the two layers of the pleura. There are several types of pleural diseases, including:

What are the Symptoms of Pleural Diseases?

Symptoms of pleural diseases vary based on the kind and severity. Typically, pleural effusion causes no symptoms.

Symptoms of pleurisy may include:

Symptoms of pneumothorax include:

Symptoms of hemothorax may include:

Symptoms of pleural tumors may include:

What Causes Pleural Diseases?

Causes of pleurisy include:

Causes of pleural effusion include:

Causes of pneumothorax may include:

Causes of hemothorax include:

For some pleural tumors, the cause is unknown. Known causes of pleural tumors may include cancer that has spread to the pleural space.

How are pleural diseases diagnosed? 
Learn how pleural diseases may be treated

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