False pulmonary artery catheter measurements due to the scimitar (hypogenetic lung) syndrome. Potential for iatrogenic pulmonary edema.


In an acute trauma patient with unrecognized scimitar syndrome, physiologic measurements used in patient management decisions were misleading due to the anatomic and physiologic anomalies of the syndrome. Pulmonary artery catheter measurements believed to reflect left atrial pressures were actually measuring central venous pressures because the catheter was… (More)