pleural

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Related to pleural infection: Light's criteria, Pulmonary effusion

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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Although intrapleural streptokinase is widely used in patients with pleural infection on the basis of small studies that showed some benefit, this larger, randomized trial suggests it should generally be avoided in these patients, the investigators concluded.
Although the outcome of pleural infection is usually good, empyema in cirrhotic patients is associated with a particularly poor outcome, and almost all of the patients in the reported cases died.
The pleural infections were diagnosed by biopsy of pleural tissue for 1 patient and repeated culture of pleural fluid for the other, after chest radiograph demonstrated pleural thickening and fluid collection.