Radial artery cannulation decreases the distal arterial blood flow measured by power Doppler ultrasound
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Radial arterial cannulation is a popular technique for continuous hemodynamic monitoring in an area of anesthesia and intensive care. Although the risk for invasive monitoring is considerable, there is scarce information about the change in blood flow of cannulated vessel after the catheterization. In the current investigation, we evaluated the change in the cannulated arterial blood flow. Six volunteers (study 1) and eight post-surgical patients (study 2) were enrolled into the studies. In the study 1, the both side of diameter of radial artery (RA), ulnar artery (UA) and dorsal branch of radial artery (DBRA) of participants were measured using power Doppler ultrasound (PDU) with or without proximal oppression. In the study 2, the diameter of RA, UA and DBRA of the both intact and cannulated side were compared. Study 1: The diameter of RA was 3.4 (0.52) [mean (SD)] mm and the proximal oppression significantly decreased the diameter to 1.8 (0.59) mm. The diameter of DBRA measured by PDU also decreased 2.0 (0.60)–1.3 (0.59) mm. Study 2: There was no difference between the diameters of right and left RA, however, the UA was larger [3.4 (0.60) vs. 2.8 (0.83) mm] and the DBRA was narrower [1.4 (0.43) vs. 2.0 (0.47) mm] in the cannulated side. The diameters of DBRA were different between the intact and cannulated side in the patients. Although there is no information of relationships between cause of severe complication and decreased flow, significant reduction of blood flow should be concerned.
KeywordsRadial artery Cannulation Ultrasound sonography Blood flow
Conflict of interest
All authors have no conflict of interest for the current investigation.