The doctor will begin the physical examination by asking you questions about your medical history. Also, to clarify if you have pleuritis, the doctor may recommend:
- Chest X-ray. An X-ray of your chest can reveal if your lungs are fully inflated or whether there is air or fluid between your lungs and ribs.
- Blood test. A test using your blood.
- Ultrasound. Your doctor may use ultrasound to detect if you have a pleural effusion.
- Computerized tomography. A CT scan utilizes computer processing to produce cross-sectional pictures that appear like slices of your chest from a sequence of X-ray images collected from various angles around your body.
- Electrocardiogram.This heart-monitoring test may be suggested by your doctor to exclude certain cardiac problems as a cause of your chest pain.
Pleurisy is treated by focusing on the underlying cause. If the problem is caused by bacterial pneumonia, an antibiotic will be suggested to tend the infection.
Furthermore, pleurisy may settle on its own if the cause is viral. Also, the severity of the underlying illness determines the result of pleurisy therapy. A complete recovery is common if the disease that caused the pleurisy is recognized and if treated early.