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pulmonary capillary wedge pressure

n.

An indirect indication of left atrial pressure obtained by wedging a catheter into a small pulmonary artery tightly enough to block flow from behind and thus to sample the pressure beyond.

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pulmonary, pulmonary adenomatosis, pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, pulmonary artery, pulmonary atresia, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, pulmonary circulation, pulmonary dysmaturity syndrome, pulmonary edema, pulmonary embolism, pulmonary emphysema
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