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Why do they do surgical puncturing of the pleura?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Covers the lung

The pleura is a thin lining of the chest wall and lung.
The pleura must be opened if you want to operate on the lung or any structure inside the chest. Since it covers the chest wall the pleura must be punctured if you want to put a needle into the chest to sample fluid or tissue.

In brief: Covers the lung

The pleura is a thin lining of the chest wall and lung.
The pleura must be opened if you want to operate on the lung or any structure inside the chest. Since it covers the chest wall the pleura must be punctured if you want to put a needle into the chest to sample fluid or tissue.
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