Subphrenic abscess as a complication of hemodialysis catheter-related infection

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“We describe an unusual case of subphrenic abscess complicating a central venous catheter infection caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a 59-year-old woman undergoing hemodialysis.” Caravaca et al (2014).

Reference:

Caravaca, F., Burguera, V., Fernández-Lucas, M., Teruel, J.L. and Quereda, C. (2014) Subphrenic abscess as a complication of hemodialysis catheter-related infection. Case Reports in Nephrology. July 10th. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

We describe an unusual case of subphrenic abscess complicating a central venous catheter infection caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a 59-year-old woman undergoing hemodialysis. The diagnosis was made through computed tomography, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa was isolated from the purulent drainage of the subphrenic abscess, the catheter tip and exit site, and the blood culture samples. A transesophageal echocardiography showed a large tubular thrombus in superior vena cava, extending to the right atrium, but no evidence of endocarditis or other metastatic infectious foci. Catheter removal, percutaneous abscess drainage, anticoagulation, and antibiotics resulted in a favourable outcome.

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