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Pericardial cavity

Pericardial cavity
A transverse section of the thorax, showing the contents of the middle and the posterior mediastinum. The pleural and pericardial cavities are exaggerated since normally there is no space between parietal and visceral pleura and between pericardium and heart.
Latin cavitas pericardiaca
Precursor intraembryonic coelom
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Anatomical terminology

The pericardial cavity (or pericardial space) is a potential space between the parietal pericardium and visceral layer. It contains a supply of serous fluid. The serous fluid that is found in this space is known as the pericardial fluid.

External links

  • thoraxlesson4 at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)
  • Atlas image: ht_pericard1 at the University of Michigan Health System - "Chest X-ray showing pericardium, posteroanterior view"

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