A central venous line (CVL) is a long, soft, plastic tube that is put into a large vein in the chest.
A CVL is usually put in when a baby cannot get a percutaneous inserted central catheter (PICC). A CVL can be used to give nutrients or medicines to a baby. It is only put in when babies need IV nutrients or medicines for a long time.
The CVL is put in at the hospital. The nurse or doctor will:
If the baby has any of these problems, the CVL may be taken out. Talk to your baby's doctor about the risks of a CVL.
CVL - infants; Central catheter - infants - surgically placed
Updated by: Kimberly G Lee, MD, MSc, IBCLC, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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