Superior Vena Cava Syndrome: Its Association With Indwelling Balloon-Tipped Pulmonary Artery Catheters

Joel M. Gore, Alan H. Matsumoto, John J. Layden, Charles I. Haffajee, John C. Love, Joseph S Alpert, James E. Dalen

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The placement of flow-directed pulmonary artery catheters has become a routine procedure in hospitals throughout the country. There have been scattered reports of complications associated with their placement, but in general, if it is done under proper conditions, it is associated with low morbidity and mortality. Recently, there have been questions raised regarding the thrombogenicity of these catheters. We report three cases of superior vena cava syndrome associated with the use of indwelling pulmonary artery catheters that we have encountered and a review of experience of others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)506-508
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes


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  • Internal Medicine

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