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Diaphragmatic Part of Pleura (Left Lung)
Respiratory System

Diaphragmatic Part of Pleura (Left Lung)

Pars diaphragmatica pleurae

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Structure

The diaphragmatic pleura is molded into the domed shape of the diaphragm and lines the majority of the superior aspect of the respiratory diaphragm.

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

Laterally, the diaphragmatic pleura is continuous with the costal pleura at the costodiaphragmatic pleural reflection, while medially, it is continuous with the mediastinal pleura. It is tethered to the central dome of the diaphragm along with the outer, parietal layer of pericardium.

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Parietal Pleura

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The parietal pleura, peeled off from the mediastinal structures, can be seen as a fine linear shadow that is parallel to and separated from the heart and mediastinum by a band of translucent air.

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