Radial artery cannulation and ischaemic damage: a review

Anaesthesia. 1985 Sep;40(9):896-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.1985.tb11055.x.


A review of the literature concerning ischaemic complications following radial artery cannulation suggests that the Allen test has little predictive validity. Other methods of assessing the ulnar collateral circulation are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arm / blood supply*
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / etiology
  • Arteries*
  • Catheterization / adverse effects*
  • Child
  • Collateral Circulation
  • Humans
  • Ischemia / etiology*
  • Risk