This US-guided approach for SCV catheterization offers a new possibility for central venous access in infants to paediatric anaesthesiologists. It shows a view of the underlying anatomy, its variations, and its possible pathologies (thrombosis). The technique seems promising for children less than 10 kg.

Authors: T. Pirotte* and F. Veyckemans

*Department of Anaesthesia, Universite´ Catholique de Louvain, Cliniques universitaires St-Luc, Avenue Hippocrate 10-1821, 1200 Brussels, Belgium.

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British Journal of Anaesthesia 98 (4): 509–14 (2007)