Stuck dialysis catheter eventually removed along with fibrin sheath

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Safety IV catheter

Reference:

Galanopoulos, G. and Lambidis, C. (2015) The stuck dialysis catheter: A nasty astonishment. Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation. 26(3), p.560-3.

Abstract:

Removal of a tunneled cuffed central venous catheter can be challenging and risky. In some cases, the catheter firmly adheres to the surrounding tissues, becoming an integrated part of the vessel wall. We present the case of an adult female hemodialysis (HD) patient with a dysfunctioning HD tunneled cuffed catheter. The catheter removal procedure proved mazy. After several attempts, the catheter was removed together with the peri-catheter fibrin sheath. However, the post-procedure period was uneventful.

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