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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Evaluation
- A collection of fluid in the abdomen
- Swollen neck veins
- Enlarged liver
- Leg swelling
- Foot swelling (bilateral)
Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension.
Tests that may be used to evaluate pulmonary hypertension include:
- Chest x-ray
- May show an enlarged heart
- Pulse oximetry or arterial blood gases:
- Measures the oxygen level in the bloodstream
- Pulmonary angiogram:
- Dye is injected into the lung arteries, and x-rays show the flow of dye through the arteries
- CT pulmonary angiogram:
- Dye is injected into the bloodstream before a CT scan is performed.
- Right-sided heart catheterization (Swan-Ganz catheter):
- Used to measure the blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries
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PubMed Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension References
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- McCrory DC, Lewis SZ. Methodology and grading for pulmonary hypertension evidence review and guideline development. Chest. 2004 Jul;126(1 Suppl):11S-13S. 
- Randall PA, Heitzman ER, Bull MJ, Scalzetti EM, Williams SK, Gordon LP, Markarian B. Pulmonary arterial hypertension: a contemporary review. Radiographics. 1989 Sep;9(5):905-27.