Pleural Cavities and Pleurae

  • Philip Thorek


The thoracic cavity is divided into right and left pleural cavities and a region situated between these called the mediastinum. The lung invaginates the pleural cavity so completely that only a potential space remains, and by this process the pleura becomes divided into visceral (lung) and parietal (wall) layers (Fig. 220 A).


Pleural Cavity Costal Cartilage Intercostal Artery Parietal Pleura Visceral Pleura 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Thorek
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  1. 1.Thorek Hospital and Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Cook County Graduate School of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.University of Illinois College of MedicineUSA
  4. 4.American College of Chest PhysiciansUSA

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