What is the role of the pulmonary capillary wedge pressure in the diagnosis of respiratory failure?

Updated: Apr 07, 2020
  • Author: Ata Murat Kaynar, MD; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Measurement of pulmonary capillary wedge pressure may be helpful in distinguishing cardiogenic from noncardiogenic edema. The pulmonary capillary wedge pressure should be interpreted in the context of serum oncotic pressure and cardiac function.


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