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How is the pleura attached to the lung? Can it come off in some diseases?
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Visceral / Parietal
The lining (pleura) of the lungs consists of the visceral and pleural lining.
There is a virtual (potential) space between the two and they slide back and forth without issues in most people. In a variety of inflammatory states (cancer, pneumonia, chf) fluid can accumulate between these two layers. Treat can include drainage by various methods.

In brief: Visceral / Parietal
The lining (pleura) of the lungs consists of the visceral and pleural lining.
There is a virtual (potential) space between the two and they slide back and forth without issues in most people. In a variety of inflammatory states (cancer, pneumonia, chf) fluid can accumulate between these two layers. Treat can include drainage by various methods.
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