Background: We have previously reported that the rapid atrial swirl sign (RASS) is an accurate and safe procedure for ultrasound (US)-guided tip positioning of retrograde-tunneled hemodialysis catheters (HDCs). However, application of RASS for placement of antegrade HDCs has not been investigated yet. Therefore, we here report our first experience of applying RASS for US-guided tip positioning of antegrade-tunneled HDCs.
Methods: We performed a cross-sectional study to assess the feasibility of applying the RASS for US-guided tip positioning of antegrade-tunneled HDCs. We included a total number of 15 antegrade-tunneled HDC insertions in 13 patients requiring placement of a HDC for the temporary or permanent treatment of ESKD in a single-center, cross-sectional pilot study.
Results: The overall success rate of applying the RASS for US-guided tip positioning of antegrade-tunneled HDCs was 15/15 (100%) confirmed by portable anterior-posterior chest radiography, with no major adverse events after HDC insertions. In addition, this insertion technique demonstrated optimal HDC flow without any observed malfunction.
Conclusion: This study investigated the efficacy of the RASS for US-guided tip positioning of antegrade-tunneled HDCs in patients with ESKD. Application of the RASS for US-guided tip positioning is an accurate and safe procedure for proper placement of antegrade-tunneled HDCs.Reference:
Tampe D, Plüß M, Kuczera T, Tampe B. The rapid atrial swirl sign for ultrasound-guided tip positioning of antegrade-tunneled hemodialysis catheters: A cross-sectional pilot study. J Vasc Access. 2022 Apr 20:11297298221088763. doi: 10.1177/11297298221088763. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35441545.