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Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Other Diseases Affecting the Pleura

Pleurisy: pain described as dull, achy, sharp, ‘a catch’, and/or burning

Pleural Effusion: fluid in the pleural space

Pleural Plaque & Thickening: usually, fibrous tissue

Pleurodesis: irritant is infused into pleural space to keep lung inflated

Pneumothorax: air or gas in the pleural space

Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma: generally related to asbestosis exposure

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