Treatment of fibrin sheath associated central venous catheter infections

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Central venous catheters (CVCs) have become commonplace in modern clinical practice. Despite their myriad of benefits, they are associated with a host of complications, of which thrombosis (2-26%) and infection (5-26%) are the most common” Choi et al (2018).

Abstract:

Central venous catheters (CVCs) have become commonplace in modern clinical practice. Despite their myriad of benefits, they are associated with a host of complications, of which thrombosis (2-26%) and infection (5-26%) are the most common [1]. Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) are well-studied, and have high rates or morbidity and mortality that pose a significant burden to health systems. We would like to present the case of a patient with infection of a retained catheter-related fibrin sheath, a rarely described form of CRBSI, who was successfully treated with percutaneous vacuum-assisted thrombectomy.

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Reference:

Choi, E.Y., Taveras, J.M., Cynamon, J., Adamczyk, J. and Taub, C.C. (2018) Fibrin Sheath Infections Can Be Safely and Successfully Treated with Percutaneous Vacuum-Assisted Thrombectomy. The Journal of Hospital Infection. October 11th. .

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2018.10.003

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