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Nefrología (Madrid)

versión impresa ISSN 0211-6995


RESTREPO VALENCIA, César Augusto; BURITICA BARRAGAN, C.M.  y  ARANGO, A.. Catheter in the superior vena cava for hemodialysis as a last resort in superior hemithorax. Nefrología (Madr.) [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.4, pp.463-466. ISSN 0211-6995.

We report four patients with chronic kidney disease undergoing haemodialysis therapy, which had exhausted conventional venous access (internal jugular, subclavian) and non-conventional access (axillary, innominate) in the upper hemithorax for haemodialysis. This was primarily due to thrombosis of these veins caused by previous catheterisation. These patients did not qualify for peritoneal dialysis. Using the technique recommended by Archundia et al., 4 indwelling catheters were implanted directly in the superior vena cava in each of the patients with subsequent subcutaneous tunneling. The catheters operated correctly and are currently permeable after being used for an average of 19 months.

Palabras clave : Chronic Kidney Disease; Haemodialysis; Vascular access; Superior vena cava.

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