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Mensuração da pressão intra-abdominal nas unidades de tratamento intensivo: a opinião dos médicos intensivistas

Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva 01/2007; 19(2). DOI: 10.1590/S0103-507X2007000200008
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