Journal article

Atrial thrombus and central venous dialysis catheters

EJ Kingdon, SG Holt, J Davara, D Pennell, RA Baillod, A Burns, P Sweny, A Davenport

American Journal of Kidney Diseases | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2001

Abstract

A native arteriovenous fistula is the first choice for hemodialysis access. Despite improved catheter designs and the use of internal jugular veins, thrombotic complications still occur when tunneled central venous catheters are used as an alternative. Although right atrial thrombus (RAT) is a well-characterized complication of long-term central venous cannulation, particularly when used for parenteral nutrition and chemotherapy in pediatric practice, only 9 reported cases previously have been associated with the long-term use of central venous catheters for hemodialysis. We report five cases of RAT seen at our unit between 1994 and 1998 in patients who had been dialyzed using tunneled cathe..

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