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Pleural disease

Chest disease

Air, fluid or particles in the space between the lungs and chest wall can cause disease. HCA has the expertise to help

About

The pleura is a thin tissue that surrounds the lungs and lines the inside of the chest wall. The pleural space is the area between the lungs and the chest wall. It helps keep the lungs inflated. If fluid, air, or particles move into the space it can lead to a partial or complete collapse of the lung, or disease.

Need to know

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    Many diseases affect the pleural space including common diseases such as pneumonia, breast cancer, and heart failure. Pleural disease is, therefore, often a secondary effect of another disease process. In addition, inhaled toxic particles such as asbestos can move into the pleural space where, decades later, a cancer called mesothelioma can develop. Pleural effusion (large amounts of liquid in the pleural space) is the most common form of pleural disease and a common presentation of other conditions such as heart failure or kidney failure. Common symptoms of pleural disease are: - chest pain - shortness of breath - coughing up blood - nausea - sweating.
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    See your doctor if you have chest pain or other symptoms of pleural disease. Pleural disease can usually be diagnosed based on your symptoms. Your doctor will listen to your chest, although further tests may be needed. These tests include: - blood tests - chest X-rays - an ultrasound scan - a CT scan - a biopsy – where a small sample of pleural tissue or lung tissue is removed for further testing. Get immediate help if you have severe chest pain, particularly if you also have other symptoms, such as coughing up blood, nausea or sweating.
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    Treatment for pleural disease usually involves relieving the pain and, in some cases, treating the underlying cause. If treated promptly, pleural disease often gets better without causing any lasting lung damage.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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