Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Central Venous Access in Low Birth Weight Infants: Feasibility in the Smallest of Patients

Seth D. Goldstein, Howard Pryor, Jose H. Salazar, Nicholas Dalesio, F. Dylan Stewart, Fizan Abdullah, Paul Colombani, Jeffrey R. Lukish

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Purpose: The insertion of tunneled central venous access catheters (CVCs) in infants can be challenging. The use of the ultrasound-guided (UG) approach to CVC placement has been reported in adults and children, but the technique is not well studied in infants. Subjects and Methods: A retrospective review was performed of infants under 3.5kg who underwent attempted UG CVC placement between August 2012 and November 2013. All infants underwent UG CVC placement using a standard 4.2-French or 3.0-French CVC system (Bard Access Systems, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT). The UG approach was performed on all infants with the M-Turbo® ultrasound system (SonoSite, Inc., Bothell, WA). The prepackaged 0.025-inch-diameter J wire within the set was used in all infants weighing greater than 2.5kg. A 0.018-inch-diameter angled glidewire (Radiofocus® GLIDEWIRE®; Boston Scientific Inc., Natick, MA) was used in infants less than 2.5kg. Data collected included infant weight, vascular access site, diameter of cannulated vein (in mm), and complications. Results: Twenty infants underwent 21 UG CVC placements (mean weight, 2.4kg; range, 1.4-3.4kg). Vascular CVC placement occurred at the following access sites: 16 infants underwent 17 placements via the right internal jugular vein, versus 3 infants via the left internal jugular vein. The average size of the target vessel was 4.0mm (range, 3.5-5.0mm). One infant had inadvertent removal of the UG CVC in the right internal jugular vein on postoperative Day 7. This infant returned to the operating room and underwent a successful UG CVC in the same right internal jugular vein. There were no other complications in the group. Conclusions: The UG CVC approach is a safe and efficient approach to central venous access in infants as small as 1.4kg. Our experience supports the use of a UG percutaneous technique as the initial approach in underweight infants who require central venous access.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)767-769
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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  • Surgery


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