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Anesth Analg. 2003 Apr;96(4):1218, table of contents.

Is peripheral line placement more difficult in obese than in lean patients?

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Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Bichat Claude-Bernard Hospital, 46 Rue Henri Huchard, 75018 Paris, France.


This work shows that the insertion of a peripheral venous line is more difficult in obese than in lean patients. The usual recommendation, that a central venous line should be inserted routinely in obese patients to perform anesthesia, is not valid.

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