Gartner's methodmedical dictionary

A method of measuring venous pressure, based upon Gartner's vein phenomenon; with the patient sitting erect, a vein is selected on the back of the hand which is held dependent, well below the level of the right atrium, and then is raised slowly; when the vein is observed to collapse, the distance between its level and that of the atrium is measured with a millimetre rule; this distance gives the venous pressure in millimetres of blood; thus the vein itself is used as a manometer communicating with the right atrium; highly inaccurate, especially in elderly subjects.

(05 Mar 2000)