Characteristics of Pleuritic Pain
The pleura is supplied by a rich extensive network of intercostal nerves. Hence, it tends
to be localized. Patients usually point to the site of pain with their finger.
- Worsens on Deep Breathing:
Stretching of pleura causes extreme pain. Deep breathing, coughing, laughing and sneezing
are a few maneuvers associated with worsening of pain.
The characteristics of pleuritic pain are not specific for pleura. Similar descriptions
are to be anticipated from any chest wall lesions. Rib fractures will cause pain similar