Retrograde Cerebral Perfusion Using a New Double-Lumen Balloon Catheter via Internal Jugular Vein Cannulation

Takahisa Okano Shinichi Satoh Keiichi Kanda
Osamu Sakai Yasuyuki Shimada Hitoshi Yaku
Nobuo Kitamura

(Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan)

We developed a new double-lumen balloon catheter for retrograde cerebral perfusion (RCP) via jugular vein cannulation. Between November 1996 and September 2000, 34 of 73 patients treated with surgical procedures for thoracic aortic aneurysms underwent RCP using the new catheter during circulatory arrest under deep hypothermia. Nine patients underwent a median sternotomy, and 25 underwent a left thoracotomy. In all cases, the new catheter installation under fluoroscopy was easy, and it took about 15min. The mean RCP time, pressure, and flow rate were 26.8min, 20.0mmHg, and 202.6ml/min, respectively. Our procedure using the new catheter was safe and easy in RCP during circulatory arrest in aortic arch replacement regardless of surgical approaches such as a left thoracotomy or median sternotomy.
@Jpn. J. Cardiovasc. Surg. 31F29-32 (2002)