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Pleural Disorders - Diagnosis

empyema  hemothorax  pleural effusion  pneumothorax 

Your doctor may diagnose a pleural disorder based on your medical history, a physical exam, and diagnostic tests and procedures. Before diagnosing you with a pleural disorder, your doctor will rule out other medical reasons or conditions that may be causing your signs and symptoms.

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Pleural Disorders - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

empyema  hemothorax  pleural effusion  pneumothorax 

Pleural disorders may occur with no symptoms, or they may have obvious symptoms. Signs, symptoms, and complications vary depending on the pleural disorder and how severe it is.

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Pleural Disorders - Screening and Prevention

empyema  hemothorax  pleural effusion  pneumothorax 

There are no methods to screen for pleural disorders. If you have risk factors for pleural disorders, your doctor may recommend preventive strategies.

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Pleural Disorders - Risk Factors

empyema  hemothorax  pleural effusion  pneumothorax 

You may have an increased risk for a pleural disorder because of your age, your family history and genetics, your lifestyle habits, medicines you take, other medical conditions, and your sex.

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Pleural Disorders - Causes

empyema  hemothorax  pleural effusion  pneumothorax 

Pleural disorders may be caused by inflammation, injury, or an imbalance of fluids in the pleural space.

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Pleural Disorders - Types

empyema  hemothorax  pleural effusion  pneumothorax 

The types of pleural disorders are pleural effusion, pleurisy, and pneumothorax. Pleural effusion is a buildup of fluid in the pleural space. Pleurisy is inflammation of the pleura. Pneumothorax occurs when air or other gas builds up in the pleural space and may cause part or all of the lung to collapse.

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Vasculitis – Living With

angiitis  arteritis 

After you are diagnosed with vasculitis, it is important to follow your treatment plan. Your doctor may recommend additional follow-up care and medicines to avoid complications. If vasculitis responds to treatment, it may go into remission.

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Vasculitis - Treatment

angiitis  arteritis 

Treatment for vasculitis will depend on the type of vasculitis you have, which organs are affected, and the severity of the condition. The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation. People who have mild vasculitis may find relief with over-the-counter pain medicines. For severe vasculitis, your doctor may prescribe medicines. Surgery to treat vasculitis is rare.

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Vasculitis - Diagnosis

angiitis  arteritis 

It may be possible for your doctor to diagnose the type of vasculitis that you have and how severe or advanced it is. Depending on your signs and symptoms, your doctor may recommend you to a specialist for tests or do diagnostic tests or procedures.

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Vasculitis - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

angiitis  arteritis 

The signs, symptoms, and complications of vasculitis vary depending on which type of vasculitis you have, the organs involved, and the severity of the condition. Some people may have few signs and symptoms. Other people may become very sick.

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