CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 989–994 | Cite as

Ultrasound-Guided Radiological Placement of Central Venous Port via the Subclavian Vein: A Retrospective Analysis of 500 Cases at a Single Institute

  • Noriaki SakamotoEmail author
  • Yasuaki Arai
  • Yoshito Takeuchi
  • Masahide Takahashi
  • Masakatsu Tsurusaki
  • Kazuro Sugimura
Clinical Investigation


The purpose of this study was to assess the technical success rate and adverse events (AEs) associated with ultrasound (US)-guided radiological placement (RP) of a central venous port (CVP) via the subclavian vein (SCV). Between April 2006 and May 2007, a total of 500 US-guided RPs of a CVP via the SCV were scheduled in 486 cancer patients (mean age ± SD, 54.1 ± 18.1 years) at our institute. Referring to the interventional radiology report database and patients’ records, technical success rate and AEs relevant to CVP placement were evaluated retrospectively. The technical success rate was 98.6% (493/500). AEs occurred in 26 cases (5.2%) during follow-up (range, 1–1080 days; mean ± SD, 304.0 ± 292.1 days). AEs within 24 h postprocedure occurred in five patients: pneumothorax (n = 2), arterial puncture (n = 1), hematoma formation at the pocket site (n = 2), and catheter tip migration into the internal mammary vein (n = 1). There were seven early AEs: hematoma formation at the pocket site (n = 2), fibrin sheath formation around the indwelling catheter (n = 2), and catheter-related infections (n = 3). There were 13 delayed AEs: catheter-related infections (n = 7), catheter detachments (n = 3), catheter occlusion (n = 1), symptomatic thrombus in the SCV (n = 1), and catheter migration (n = 1). No major AEs, such as procedure-related death, air embolism, or events requiring surgical intervention, were observed. In conclusion, US-guided RP of a CVP via the SCV is highly appropriate, based on its high technical success rate and the limited number of AEs.


Central venous port Ultrasound Subclavian vein Venous access Indwelling catheter 



We wish to thank Ms. Onoe for her kind support in the preparation of the manuscript.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noriaki Sakamoto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yasuaki Arai
    • 1
  • Yoshito Takeuchi
    • 1
  • Masahide Takahashi
    • 1
  • Masakatsu Tsurusaki
    • 1
  • Kazuro Sugimura
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Diagnostic RadiologyNational Cancer Center HospitalTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyKobe University HospitalKobe CityJapan

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