is a potentially dangerous area for accidental injections (1).
While protecting the underlying structures, the fascia is opened from proximally to distally all the way down to the neoplasm or antecubital fossa
In this position, the operator can exert pressure on the antecubital fossa
with the index and middle fingers, resulting in flexion of the forearm at the elbow.
An otherwise well 35-year-old woman presented to a rural hospital complaining of anxiety, anorexia and a warm, swollen left arm three days after injecting the contents of a phentermine (phenyl-tertiarybutylamine; Duromine[R], iNova Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Limited, Thornleigh, NSW) capsule dissolved in tap water into her left antecubital fossa
(to achieve a 'high').
Transverse incision was made in antecubital fossa
to expose Brachial artery, Basalic and Cephalic vein and vertical incision was made at forearm for Radial artery and Cephalic vein.
A 52-year-old male had 8 months VAE treatment for relapsing stage 2A primary cutaneous marginal zone B-cell lymphoma; within weeks of primary excision of a lesion in the antecubital fossa
in May 2008, a second distant lesion appeared.
Serum for analysis of the antibody titre to putative periodontal pathogens can be collected by antecubital fossa
venipuncture or finger prick.
The most commonly used site is the antecubital fossa
as the veins are "large, usually easy to palpate and well supported by muscle and connective tissue".
The Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice warns, "in a red-text 'NURSING ALERT,' that the antecubital fossa
is 'not recommended' for administering gangerous drugs, 'due to the potential for extravasation.
Gersten has the patient reach over with her other hand and dig her fingernails into the medial portion of her arm near the antecubital fossa
where the blood is being drawn.
In addition, there were "bilateral catheters on the anterior upper chest, and an intravenous line in the left antecubital fossa
The cuff is positioned over the palpated brachial artery with its lower edge 2 to 3 centimeters above the antecubital fossa
(National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group, 2004; Pickering et al.
The lower edge of the cuff is placed one inch above the antecubital fossa
(crease in the arm).
For example, one site advocates tightening the tourniquet around the patient's armpit and shoulder instead of several inches above the antecubital fossa