pleural


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Related to pleural: pleural effusion, pleural fluid

pleur·al

(plūr'ăl), Do not confuse this word with plural.
Relating to the pleura.

pleural

adjective Referring to the pleura.

pleur·al

(plūr'ăl)
Relating to the pleura.

Pleural

Pleural refers to the pleura or membrane that enfolds the lungs.
Mentioned in: Pneumothorax

pleural

emanating from or pertaining to the pleura.

pleural effusion
accumulation of fluid in the space between the membrane encasing the lung and that lining the thoracic cavity. The normal pleural space contains only a small amount of fluid to prevent friction as the lung expands and deflates. If, however, there is a disturbance in either the production of this fluid or its removal, the fluid accumulates and threatens collapse of the lung. In extreme cases there is total collapse of the lung and mediastinal shift.
pleural friction rub
the abrasive sound made by the rubbing together of two acutely inflamed serous surfaces, as in acute pleurisy. Later separation of the surfaces by accumulated exudate marks the disappearance of the rub. The sound is synchronous with the respiratory movements.
pleural gas
may be produced by gas-forming bacteria or be caused by leakage from thoracentesis or lesions of the airways.
pleural hemorrhage
pleural infection
pleural inflammation
see pleuritis.
pleural paracentesis
pleural peel
heavy fibrinous deposits on the pleura.
pleural stripping
1. removal of the pleura at an abattoir when the tissue is discolored or superficially diseased and the remainder of the carcass is suitable for human consumption.
2. surgical removal of excessive pleural fibrin deposits via thoracotomy.
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Pleurectomy/decortication is superior to extrapleural pneumonectomy in the multimodality management of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Thousands of people across the North East are affected by pleural plaques, a scarring of the lungs cased by asbestos.
Pleural effusion, which may be a marker of thoracic involvement, affects about 6% of patients with MM (2, 3).
In our case, the pleural effusion appeared to have developed as a result of inflammation of the pleura consequent to the fluid filled cyst abutting on the diaphragm.
Elaine Darling's dad George O'Donnell, 79, has incurable mesothelioma after being diagnosed with pleural plaques two years ago.
The radiograph also revealed the same pleural findings except for a well-defined opacity in the right middle zone of the lung.
Clinical records were used to search for the diagnosis for each pleural fluid ADA tested between 1st of March 2008 to the 8th of September 2008.
The inner surface of the chest wall and the surface of the lungs are covered by the parietal and visceral pleural, respectively, with a potential space of 10-24 [micro]m between the 2 pleural surfaces.
The catheter is implanted in the pleural space, tunneled through the subcutaneous tissue, and brought out through a skin exit wound.
General secretary Alan Ritchie said: "The Government's decision is disappointing - most pleural plaques victims are being abandoned.