What is the role of pulmonary artery catheterization in the treatment of heroin toxicity?

Updated: Dec 16, 2018
  • Author: Rania Habal, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Pulmonary artery catheterization may be indicated. Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema secondary to opioid overdose is characterized by a normal pulmonary capillary wedge pressure and mildly increased pulmonary arterial pressure.


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