Upper-extremity venous access for children and adults in pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory

Jess T. Randall, Osamah Aldoss, Asra Khan, Melissa Challman, Gurumurthy Hiremath, Athar M. Qureshi, Manish Bansal

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Background. Traditional approaches to pediatric cardiac catheterization have relied on femoral venous access. Upper-extremity venous access may enable cardiac catheterization procedures to be performed safely for diagnostic and interventional catheterizations. The objective of this multicenter study was to demonstrate the feasibility and safety of upper-extremity venous access in a pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory. Methods. A retrospective chart review of all patients who underwent cardiac catheterization via upper-extremity vascular access was performed. Results. Eighty-two cardiac catheterizations were attempted via upper-extremity vein on 72 patients. Successful access was obtained in 75 catheterizations (91%) in 67 patients. Median age at catheterization was 18.79 years (interquartile range [IQR], 13.02-32.75 years; n = 75) with a median weight of 59.4 kg (IQR, 43.3-76.5 kg; n = 75). The youngest patient was 4.1 months old, weighing 4.3 kg. Local anesthesia or light sedation was utilized in 46 procedures (61%). Diagnostic right heart catheterization was the most common procedure (n = 65; 87%), with intervention performed via the upper extremity in 8 cases (11%). Median fluoroscopy time was 10.02 min (IQR, 2.87-36.26 min; n = 75), with dose area product/kg of 3.765 μGy m2/kg (IQR, 0.74-34.12 μGy m2/kg; n = 64). Median sheath duration time was 48 min (IQR, 19.5-147 min; n = 57) and median total procedure time was 116 min (IQR, 80.5-299 min; n = 65). Median length of stay for outpatient procedures was 5.37 hr (IQR, 4.25-6.92 hr; n = 27). There were no procedural complications. Conclusion. Upper-extremity venous access is a useful, feasible, and safe modality for cardiac catheterization in the pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-145
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Invasive Cardiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2019


  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Venous access


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