Function of Pleural Cavities and Pleural Membranes


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What is transpulmonary pressure?

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1. Which of the following terms describes a collection of air within the pleural cavity that causes the lungs to collapse?

2. What is the space between the outside of the lungs and the inside of the chest wall called?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These practice assessments test your understanding of pleural anatomy through questions on the relationships between these structures and the disorders that can affect them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Topics assessed in this quiz/worksheet combo include:

  • The relationship between the thoracic and abdominal cavities
  • The names of membranes lining the thoracic cavity and lungs
  • Pressure differences between pleural cavities/membranes
  • Pleural membrane/cavity disorders

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about pleural anatomy
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and interpret information regarding anatomy and physiology related to the thoracic cavity
  • Distinguishing differences - distinguish between the parietal pleura and the pleural cavity

Additional Learning

For more on this part of the body, refer to the lesson titled Functions of Pleural Cavities and Pleural Membranes. This lesson contains the following objectives as well:

  • Define visceral pleura
  • Differentiate between intrapleural, intrapulmonary and transpleural pressure
  • Describe how the pleural membranes and cavities are related to one another, the lungs and the abdomen