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Monitoring pulmonary artery wedge pressure in medical patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8784173     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pulmonary artery wedge pressure is used in the diagnosis and management of critically ill patients. This measurement provides an accurate assessment of hemodynamic status, cardiac function and venous oxygen saturation. Wedge pressure monitoring has been used in the management of patients with complicated myocardial infarction, refractory heart failure, circulatory shock, pulmonary edema and other critical illnesses. Because measuring the pulmonary artery wedge pressure is an invasive procedure, the value of the additional data provided by monitoring should be considered carefully before choosing this method. Clinical assessment or noninvasive tests, including chest radiographs and echocardiography, often provide information adequate for planning management. If therapy fails, or if noninvasive data are uncertain, pulmonary artery catheterization is appropriate. Risks and complications may be secondary to either catheter insertion or the continued presence of the catheter.
S Sharma; K A Eagle
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American family physician     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0002-838X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Fam Physician     Publication Date:  1996 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-04     Completed Date:  1996-10-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1272646     Medline TA:  Am Fam Physician     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1039-49     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Critical Illness*
Heart Failure / physiopathology
Monitoring, Physiologic / adverse effects,  contraindications
Myocardial Infarction / physiopathology
Pulmonary Edema / physiopathology
Pulmonary Wedge Pressure*
Shock, Hemorrhagic / physiopathology
Shock, Septic / physiopathology
Erratum In:
Am Fam Physician 1996 Dec;54(8):2377

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