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  • J Cardiovasc Dis Diagn 2019, Vol 7(5): 378

Ultrasound-Guided Axillary Vein Puncture Feasibility for Complex Cardiac Devices Implantation

Bun SS1*, Squara F1, Wedn AM2, Lațcu DG2, Scarlatti D1, Theodore G1, Theodore G3, Errahmouni A3, Amoura A4, Allouche E5, Enache B2, Hasni K2, Benaïch FA2, Saoudi N2, Ferrari E1 and Deharo JC6
1Department of Cardiology, Pasteur University Hospital, Nice, France
2Department of Cardiology (Principality), Princess Grace Hospital, Monaco
3Department of Cardiology, Dupuytren University Hospital, Limoges, France
4Department of Cardiology, Troyes Hospital, Troyes, France
5Department of Cardiology, Charles Nicolle University Hospital, Tunis, Tunisia
6Department of Cardiology, La Timone University Hospital, Marseilles, France
*Corresponding Author : Bun SS, Department of Cardiology, Pasteur University Hospital, Nice, France, Tel: +33492037733, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Sep 16, 2019 / Accepted Date: Sep 21, 2019 / Published Date: Sep 27, 2019


Background: The axillary route use for cardiac devices implantation has recently expanded either with fluoroscopy or ultrasounds guidance. Few studies included defibrillators (ICD), cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) and upgrade procedures for ultrasound-guided axillary vein puncture (UGVP).

Aim: To assess the feasibility/safety of UGVP for complex cardiac devices implantation including CRT/ICD.

Methods: Consecutive patients eligible for a pacemaker or ICD implantation were included. All procedures were performed by three operators (one experienced and two fellows) in three different centers. Guidewires insertion time (from local anesthesia injection), and complications were systematically studied. A group of patients implanted with alternative routes (cephalic or subclavian) was used for comparison.

Results: In 176 consecutive patients in whom UGVP was used, a total of 68 complex procedures, including 42 ICD, 48 CRT and 16 upgrade procedures, were analyzed (74 ± 8 y, male 61%) with 138 leads implanted. A majority (83%) were under anti-thrombotic therapy. UGVP was successful in 96.8%. Mean insertion time for a mean number of 1.78 guidewires per patient was 4.4 ± 4.4 min. Guidewires insertion time reached its plateau after 10 patients. One pocket hematoma (1.4%) was drained during a mean follow-up of 12 ± 5 months. The control group included 28 patients (12 subclavian, 16 cephalic; 15 ICD, 18 CRT, 4 upgrade procedures), with a mean insertion time of 10 ± 8 min, for 1.95 guidewires per patient (p<0.0005).

Conclusion: UGVP is feasible and safe even for complex device implantations including CRT/ICD and upgrade procedures.

Keywords: Cardiac devices implantation; Vascular complications; Ultrasound guidance; Antithrombotic therapy

Citation: Bun SS, Squara F, Wedn AM, Lațcu DG, Scarlatti D, et al. (2019) Ultrasound-Guided Axillary Vein Puncture Feasibility for Complex Cardiac Devices Implantation. J Cardiovasc Dis Diagn 7: 378.

Copyright: © 2019 Bun SS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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