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The chest cavity contains the heart, the thoracic aorta, lungs and esophagus (swallowing passage). The wall of the chest cavity is made up of the rib cage and diaphragm. The pleura is a large membrane that lines the thoracic (chest) cavity and covers the lungs. The pleura produces lubricant for the lungs so they are able to move back and forth against the chest wall when you breathe.
What are Pleural Diseases?
There are a variety of conditions that emerge out of problems with the pleura. As detailed below, the causes of your disease will depend on what kind of pleural diastase you have. Broadly, the symptoms of pleural diseases are: