Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Chest Pain When Breathing Overview

Another name for Chest Pain When Breathing is Pleuritic Chest Pain.

What is pleuritic chest pain?
A person with pleuritic chest pain has chest pain that worsens with breathing. Most people will complain of sharp pain in the chest during deep inhalation. Pleuritic chest pain may also be triggered by coughing. The most common causes of pleuritic chest pain are pleuritis and pneumonia. Less common causes include pneumothorax, pulmonary embolism, pleural effusion, and autoimmune disease.

What symptoms can accompany pleuritic chest pain?
Symptoms that are often seen with pleuritic chest pain are chest pain with breathing, chest pain with coughing, cough, wheezing, fever, and chest congestion. More serious symptoms that can occur with pleuritic chest pain include difficulty breathing, rapid breathing rate, rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting, fainting, excessive sweating, and coughing up blood.

How does the doctor treat pleuritic chest pain?
Treatment for pleuritic chest pain depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for minor pleuritic chest pain due to pleuritis may include narcotic pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and antibiotics.

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