The nurse is caring for a patient diagnosed with pleurisy. Which of the following assessment findings is characteristic of pleurisy?


•Pleurisy often causes a sharp, knifelike pain that intensifies with inspiration. The term pleurisy actually refers to  inflammation of the pleural. This pain is due to friction between the pleural surfaces, and can be heard on auscultation as a pleural friction rub.  

•The other answer choices are not characteristics of pleurisy, but can occur with many respiratory diseases.

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