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.

Nearby words

  1. pulmonary,
  2. pulmonary adenomatosis,
  3. pulmonary alveolar proteinosis,
  4. pulmonary artery,
  5. pulmonary atresia,
  6. pulmonary circulation,
  7. pulmonary dysmaturity syndrome,
  8. pulmonary edema,
  9. pulmonary embolism,
  10. pulmonary emphysema


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