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Malpositioning and Complications of PCWP Catheters

Malpositioning of PCWP catheters is exceedingly common, found in approximately 25% of catheters placed. This may lead to false readings and an increased risk for complications. Complications of PCWP catheter placement include pneumothorax, pulmonary infarction, cardiac arrhythmias, pulmonary artery perforation, endocarditis, and sepsis.


Improper positioning of a PCWP catheter in the distal branches of the pulmonary artery.



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