pleural space


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Related to pleural space: mediastinum, pleural effusion, pneumothorax, thoracotomy

pleur·al cav·i·ty

[TA]
the potential space between the parietal and visceral layers of the pleura.

pleural space

pleural space

the potential space between the visceral and parietal layers of the pleurae. The space contains a small amount of fluid that acts as a lubricant, allowing the pleurae to slide smoothly over each other as the lungs expand and contract with respiration.

pleur·al cav·i·ty

(plūr'ăl kav'i-tē) [TA]
The potential space between the parietal and visceral layers of the pleura.
Synonym(s): pleural space.

Pleural space

The space between the pleural membranes that surround the lungs and the chest cavity.
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Air invades the pleural space in many of these patients because the alveolar epithelium has become compromised from a pulmonary disease.
As a result, of the increase in the total blood volume collected in the pleural space and of the hematoma which is thought to be more and more organized, dead space will enlarge.
Pleura/effusion means an accumulation of fluid in the pleural space.
23) Crescentic-dependent fluid collection in the pleural space is seen on CT (Figure 17).
These principles are efficient drainage of the effusion, cessation of flow through the thoracic duct, and obliteration of the pleural space (8).
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Timely evacuation of an empyema is critical to avoid trapping of pus in the pleural space, development of adhesions between the parietal and visceral pleurae, and formation of scar tissue.
A second thoracostomy tube was inserted in the right pleural space and the left thoracostomy tube was repositioned.
There have been a variety of mechanisms to explain the shift of ascitic fluid into the pleural space, including hypoalbuminemia, azygos vein hypertension, leakage from the thoracic duct, transdiaphragmatic lymphatic migration and most important, the pressure--gradient directed flow through diaphragmatic defects [8].