What is pulmonary artery catheterization (PAC)?

Updated: Dec 22, 2017
  • Author: Bojan Paunovic, MD; Chief Editor: Karlheinz Peter, MD, PhD  more...
  • Print
Answer

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.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!