• Distal Radial Access: A Review Article


    • Distal radial access (DRA) is an alternative to traditional radial artery cannulation.
    • DRA has a high success rate but requires additional learning curve.
    • Main benefits of DRA are shorter hemostasis time and increased operator's comfort.
    • Specific guidance on proper use of DRA technique is needed.


    Transradial approach (TRA) for coronary angiography and interventions has been increasingly used over the last decades and has become the default strategy in the majority of catheterization laboratories worldwide. Recently, a novel transradial access site, the distal radial access (DRA), has been proposed as an alternative to traditional TRA. Several case reports and case series have been published on this new approach over the last year showing overall good success rates. Aim of this review is to present the possible benefits and drawbacks of DRA and offer guidance on its successful use.


    Click to view full article: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carrev.2019.06.003

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