Intrapleural space

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The intrapleural or pleural space is the fluid-filled space in between the parietal and visceral layers of the pleura. In normal conditions it contains only a small amount of serous pleural fluid.

Related pathology

A pleural effusion is the pathological accumulation of pleural fluid, and when infected becomes an empyema

The pleural space can also be affected by a number of malignancies:

Anatomy: Thoracic
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Article information

rID: 39220
System: Chest
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Pleural space
  • Intrapleural spaces

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