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The Pleurae

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The pleurae is a thin, smooth, serous membrane that covers the lungs and lines the wall of the thorax. It consists of two layers: the visceral pleura, which covers the lungs, and the parietal pleura, which covers the internal surface of the thoracic cavity.

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The Pleurae PPT Summary

  1. The pleurae is a serous membrane that covers the lungs and lines the thoracic cavity.
  2. It consists of two layers: the visceral pleura and the parietal pleura.
  3. The pleural cavity is the space between these layers and contains serous fluid.
  4. The parietal pleura has four parts: costal, diaphragmatic, mediastinal, and cervical pleura.
  5. The pleurae have different neurovascular supplies, with the parietal pleura being sensitive to pain and the visceral pleura not being sensitive to pain.
  6. Pneumothorax can occur when air or gas enters the pleural space, causing a collapsed lung.


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