Peripherally inserted central venous catheters: success of scalp-vein access in infants and newborns

Radiology. 1999 Mar;210(3):858-60. doi: 10.1148/radiology.210.3.r99mr14858.


The authors assessed the feasibility of placing peripherally inserted central venous catheters via scalp veins in infants and newborns. In 60 newborns and infants, aged 3 days to 10 months, placement of 62 2-F peripherally inserted central venous catheters was attempted with scalpvein access. The tip location was central in 30 of the 62 catheters (48%) and long peripheral intravenous in 17 (27%); access failed in 15 (24%). Scalp-vein access for peripherally inserted central venous catheters offers a safe and effective alternative route for gaining central venous access in infants and newborns.

MeSH terms

  • Brachiocephalic Veins
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / instrumentation*
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / methods*
  • Catheters, Indwelling*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Jugular Veins
  • Radiography, Interventional
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Scalp / blood supply*
  • Veins
  • Vena Cava, Superior