Symptoms of Pleurisy and Pleural Effusion

Pleurisy and pleural effusion have similar symptoms, which include sharp chest pain that worsens with coughing or deep breathing. Other symptoms may include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing
  • Hiccups
  • Pneumothorax ‚Äč(collapsed lung) 
  • Fever and chills, in the case of empyema, an infection of the fluid in the pleura