Major substances that may collect within the pleural space

What are the major substances that may collect within the pleural space?

  • • Fluid: pleural effusion (plasma ultrafiltrate, chyle, bile, urine, gastrointestinal contents, or ascites)
  • • Blood: hemothorax
  • • Gas: pneumothorax
  • • Pus: empyema
  • • Cells: pleural tumor
  • • Fibrosis: fibrothorax
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