dry pleurisy(redirected from plastic pleurisy)
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pleurisy with a fibrinous exudation, without an effusion of serum, resulting in adhesion between the opposing surfaces of the pleura.
Etymology: AS, dryge, dry; Gk, pleuritis
inflammation of the pleura without effusion of serum. The cause may be a localized injury. Dry pleurisy may also be an early sign of tuberculosis.
dry pleurisyA complication of acute bacterial pneumonia, tuberculosis or rheumatic fever, caused by multiple serofibrinous adhesions on the visceral pleura, which may, if intense, cause fibrothorax.
Pain and guarding on inspiration; patients often lie on the affected side to “splint”.