Sonographic detection of a radiolucent object in dialysis vascular access

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“We report a case of vascular access failure caused by the plastic protective tube of a balloon catheter, which had been mistakenly left in the vasculature and was undetectable on radiography but was detected by ultrasonography.” Tanemoto et al (2014).

Reference:

Tanemoto, M., Higaki, M., Amano, K., Toyoki, D., Arai, S., Tomioka, S. and Uchida, S. (2014) Sonographic detection of a radiolucent object in dialysis vascular access. Journal of Clinical Ultrasound. June 27th. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

Percutaneous endovascular angioplasty is a valuable tool to salvage dialysis vascular access failure, but is accident-prone if performed by unskilled operators. We report a case of vascular access failure caused by the plastic protective tube of a balloon catheter, which had been mistakenly left in the vasculature and was undetectable on radiography but was detected by ultrasonography.

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