What is pulmonary artery catheterization (PAC)?

Updated: Dec 22, 2017
  • Author: Bojan Paunovic, MD; Chief Editor: Karlheinz Peter, MD, PhD  more...
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The flow-directed balloon-tipped pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) (also known as the Swan-Ganz or right heart catheter) was first described in the medical literature in 1970. [1] Initially developed for the management of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), it gained widespread use in the management of a variety of critical illnesses and surgical procedures. This article covers both the clinical and technical aspects of its use.

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