Jugular venous catheters
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The internal jugular vein is a preferred site for venous access for large lumen, long-term central venous catheters for chemotherapy, hemofiltration and plasma exchange. These are commonly referred to as (internal) jugular venous (IJV) catheters.
The vein is usually punctured using ultrasound guidance and catheter tip location confirmed using fluoroscopy, or often just a chest radiograph. A variety of catheters can be used with a variable number of lumens, and with or without a subcutaneously tunneled portion.
The internal jugular vein is also the commonest portal of entry for the insertion of a pulmonary artery catheter (Swan-Ganz catheter).