What is the role of a pulmonary artery catheter in the treatment of basilar artery thrombosis?

Updated: Jan 11, 2019
  • Author: Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD, MPH, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, FACP, FANA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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In patients whose intravascular volume status is unknown or who have comorbid conditions such as congestive heart failure or pulmonary edema, a pulmonary artery catheter should be placed to monitor the central venous pressure and the pulmonary capillary wedge pressure. This allows better management and optimization of the intravascular volume to avoid volume overload.


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