pulmonary artery wedge pressure

pulmonary artery wedge pressure
(PAWP), pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) blood pressure measured by a catheter wedged into the distal pulmonary artery; it permits indirect measurement of the mean blood pressure in the left atrium.

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