Hypotension secondary to balloon inflation of a pulmonary artery catheter.


Inflation of a balloon-tipped catheter for measurement of pulmonary artery wedge pressure caused a decrease in systemic arterial blood pressure in a mechanically ventilated patient after pneumonectomy. Obstruction by the balloon of a significant proportion of the cross-sectional area of the pulmonary circulation results in increased right ventricular… (More)


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