pulmonary artery catheter

pulmonary artery catheter
any of various cardiac catheters for measuring pulmonary arterial pressures, introduced into the venous system through a large vein and guided by blood flow into the superior vena cava, the right atrium and ventricle, and into the pulmonary artery.

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