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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.

Applicable Conditions

Applicable Conditions

Kidney Disease

Kidney disease (renal failure) is short-term or permanent damage to the kidneys that results in loss of normal kidney function. Learn more about this condition in children.

Departments

Departments

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.