Procedures & Tests - Central Venous Line

(This procedure/test may also be known as: CVL, Central Venous Catheter)

A central venous line (CVL) is a long, soft plastic tube, called a catheter, that is placed into a large vein in the chest. The main reason for a CVL is to deliver nutrients to a baby for a long period of time. It is most often used when attempts to place a percutaneous inserted central catheter (PICC) have failed.

Infants most likely to need a CVL include those with certain intestinal problems who need to get nutrition through their veins, and those who must receive IV medicines for a long time.

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