[Ultrasound-guided supraclavicular subclavian vein catheterization: a novel approach in children]

Ann Fr Anesth Reanim. 2010 Sep;29(9):651-4. doi: 10.1016/j.annfar.2010.05.036. Epub 2010 Aug 14.
[Article in French]


The subclavian vein (SCV) is often the preferred site for long-term central venous catheterization in children. It has many advantages over the internal jugular vein. But with the classical landmark technique for SCV catheterization the ultrasound-guidance technique is usually not suitable, because of the clavicle (a bright hyperechoic structure with an acoustic shadow beneath it). Because the SCV can easily be visualized via a supraclavicular approach, we developed a useful ultrasound-guided approach for SCV catheterization in infants and children.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / methods*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Subclavian Vein / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional