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Pediatric Tunneled Central Venous Catheter

A tunneled central line is a catheter (a thin tube) that is placed in a vein for long term use. It is most commonly placed on the chest and tunnels under the skin upward toward the neck, then into the blood vessel that carries blood to the heart. The catheter is tunneled under the skin. It has a cuff attached to it that allows tissue and skin to grow around it, giving the line more stability. 

When undergoing a tunneled central line procedure, your child will see pediatric experts from multiple specialties including the Nephrology and Oncology teams at Children's National Hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a tunneled central venous line used for in children?

How is a tunneled central venous line inserted in children?

Will my child be awake during the tunneled central venous catheter procedure?

Will my child feel any pain after the tunneled central venous catheter procedure?

How long does the tunneled central venous catheter procedure take for children?

What risks are associated with this tunneled central venous catheter procedure in children?

When can I remove my child's bandages after a tunneled central venous catheter placement?

When can my child bathe after the tunneled central venous catheter is placed?

Are there any activity restrictions after a tunneled central venous catheter procedure in a child?

How is a tunneled central venous line removed in children?

When can I remove my child's bandage after a tunneled central venous catheter is removed?

When can my child bathe after the tunneled central venous line is removed?

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Interventional Radiology at Children's National Hospital

Our pediatric interventional radiologists perform a full range of minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to both diagnose and treat disease in infants, children and adolescents. Discover more about the treatment we offer.

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Interventional Radiology

Children's National interventional radiologists perform a full range of minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to both diagnose and treat disease in infants, children, and adolescents.