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Haemodynamic, invasive and echocardiographic monitoring in the hypertensive parturient.

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  • 1North Staffordshire Maternity Unit, Newcastle Road, Stoke on Trent, Staffs, ST4 6QG, UK.

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  • Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol 2001 Oct;15(5):817.



To determine the clinical usefulness of invasive and non-invasive haemodynamic assessment in pre-eclampsia.


A systematic review of the literature was undertaken, using a MEDLINE electronic search using a combination of MESH headings and textwords. Over 1500 abstracts were perused; we obtained 156 full papers that were related to the subject matter. Of the full papers, 55 yielded relevant information. Hand-searching the reference lists of the retrieved papers completed the search.


There are no data from randomized controlled clinical trials illustrating the clinical usefulness of pulmonary artery catheters or echocardiographic techniques in hypertensive pregnancy. There are a wealth of data illustrating the haemodynamic profiles of both untreated and treated pre-eclamptic women. Data are also available comparing right heart and left heart filling pressures, demonstrating a relatively poor correlation between the two values. The clinical impact of either measurement is unclear. Data are available illustrating the correlation between echocardiographic techniques and pulmonary artery catheterization.

Copyright 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.

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