intrapleural space


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intrapleural space

[-ploo͡r′əl]
Etymology: L, intra, within; Gk, pleura, rib; L, spatium
the cavity of the pleura.
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The intrapleural space is comprised of two pleural membranes, the potential space between them, and a thin film of fluid.
To reiterate, the intrapleural space is normally a potential space.
Examples are (1) an increased permeability across the either pleural membrane, (2) a decrease in the vascular osmotic pressure, (3) an increased capillary hydrostatic pressure, (4) a decreased lymphatic drainage, and (5) an increased osmotic pressure in the intrapleural space.
A transudate is a thin, clear, watery liquid that enters the intrapleural space because excess fluid filters out of the vasculature from the subpleural area.