Intravenous literature: Yeral, M., Boga, C., Oguzkurt, L., Asma, S., Kasar, M. and Kozanoglu, I. (2013) Short-term central venous catheter complications in patients
with sickle cell disease who undergo apheresis. Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis. March 16th. [Epub ahead of print].
Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) are prone to develop thrombosis and infection due to their inflammatory and immune deficiency state. These patients require red cell exchange therapy for treatment or prevention of hemoglobin S associated complications. Owing to vascular access problems, adult patients need central venous catheterization (CVC) for exchange procedures. Procedure related complications have been reported for long-term CVCs in pediatric patients. However, short-term CVC complications in adult patients are not clear. This report represents the results of documented complications of short-term CVCs in patients with SCD who undergo apheresis. A total of 142 non-tunneled catheters with average median diameter of 9 F (range 8-16 F) were implanted for apheresis. The catheters were mainly inserted through the right internal jugular vein (66.2 %). Total days of catheter were 412. Results were reported as a complication rate and event according to 1,000 catheter days and compared to a control group including 37 healthy stem cell donors. In the patient group, 1 (1 %) hematoma and 1 (1 %) infection were observed for internal jugular vein catheterization (3.7 hemorrhages and 3.7 infections according to 1,000 catheter days), whereas four (8.9 %) cases of thrombosis and 1 (2.2 %) infection (27 and 6.9 according to 1,000 catheter days) developed in femoral vein. There was a significant difference in terms of thrombosis (P = 0.009). In the control group, only individual developed thrombosis in internal jugular vein. Short-term CVC inserted through to the internal jugular vein seems to be safer than femoral vein in patients with SCD.