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November 1936


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From the Babies Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1936;52(5):1088-1092. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.04140050044004

The present study was made to determine the normal range of venous pressure in children. The diagnostic and prognostic value of determinations of venous pressure in adults is well established. It has been shown that beginning myocardial incompetency is reflected by an increase in the venous tension. Through studies of venous pressure1 much has been learned concerning cardiac function, edema and the exchange of material through the capillary walls. Criep2 and Hooker3 have noted a variation in venous pressure with age, though only a few observations in the younger age group are reported. In a review of the literature I was unable to find any series dealing solely with children. For these reasons, readings of venous pressure were made on certain of the children admitted to the Babies Hospital.

The observations were limited to children between the ages of 4 and 13 years. The group was composed