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Definition of Swan-Ganz catheter

Swan-Ganz catheter: A style of oximetry catheter that is inserted into a major vein under the collarbone or in the neck, threaded through the right side of the heart, and then threaded into the pulmonary artery. Physicians can use monitoring equipment with a Swan-Ganz catheter to measure blood pressure inside the heart and to find out how much blood the heart is pumping.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/30/2012

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