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Br J Anaesth. 2004 Aug;93(2):292-4. Epub 2004 Jun 11.

Mid-arm approach to basilic and cephalic vein cannulation using ultrasound guidance.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, New York University School of Medicine, 550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016, USA. navparkashsandhu@hotmail.com


Central venous lines are often used when there is difficulty obtaining peripheral venous access. The basilic and cephalic veins in the mid-arm region, although difficult to see or palpate, can be imaged longitudinally and cannulated using real-time ultrasonography, providing an easy alternative. These techniques are described, with reports of four typical cases.

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