pleural cavity


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pleural cavity

[′plu̇r·əl ¦kav·əd·ē]
(anatomy)
The potential space included between the parietal and visceral layers of the pleura.
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The scope of this project was to design and fabricate a novel proof-of-concept surgical instrument that can deliver talcum powder effectively to this pleural cavity.
25% of the air in the pleural cavity is absorbed in every 24 hours.
A tension pneumothorax arises as a result of the development of a one-way valve system at the site of the breach in the pleural membrane, permitting air to enter the pleural cavity during inspiration but preventing egress of air during expiration, with consequent increase in the intrapleural pressure such that it exceeds atmospheric pressure for much of the respiratory cycle.
We commonly use 18 G and 16G cannula, while spinal needles are used in much selected cases where due to increased skin thickness cannula cannot reach the pleural cavity.
1993; OIE, 2008) with adhesions between pleura and lung lobes (Mac Owan and Minette, 1977) may be present in pleural cavity.
Air may be removed from the pleural cavity by aspiration with a needle or by insertion of a tube.
A post mortem revealed that Mr Graham, who had no drink or drugs in his system, died of a massive haemothorax - an accumulation of blood in the pleural cavity - and an aortic rupture, caused by the crash.
The pleural cavity was inspected and biopsies were performed under direct vision in all suspected areas.
Patients with history of chest injury or surgical procedures involving pleural cavity were excluded.
Chest radiographs (Figs 1 and 2) showed dilated loops of small bowel in the right pleural cavity, which were also seen on the abdominal radiograph.