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Mechanics of the Pleural Space

Handbook of Physiology, The Respiratory System, Mechanics of Breathing

  1. Emilio Agostoni

Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/cphy.cp030330

Comprehensive Physiology

Comprehensive Physiology

How to Cite

Agostoni, E. 2011. Mechanics of the Pleural Space. Comprehensive Physiology. 531–559.

Author Information

  1. Istituto di Fisiologia Umana I, Università di Milano, Milano, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2011

Abstract

The sections in this article are:

  • 1
    Mechanical Coupling Between Lung and Chest Wall
    • 1.1
      Factors Holding Lung Against Chest Wall
    • 1.2
      Definitions: Pleural Liquid Pressure and Pleural Surface Pressure
  • 2
    Pleural Liquid
    • 2.1
      Volume
    • 2.2
      Physicochemical Features and Pleural Permeability
    • 2.3
      Cells
    • 2.4
      Thickness
    • 2.5
      Pressure
    • 2.6
      Exchange
  • 3
    Pleural Surface Pressure
    • 3.1
      Topography
    • 3.2
      Nature of the Vertical Gradient
    • 3.3
      Special Conditions
  • 4
    Liquid Pressure, Surface Pressure, and Liquid Thickness at Various Lung Heights and Volumes
    • 4.1
      Hydrothorax