Retained Catheter Fragment from a Fractured Tunneled Catheter—A Rare and Potentially Lethal Complication
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2010
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Seminars in Dialysis
Volume 23, Issue 5, pages 536–539, September/October 2010
How to Cite
Reddy, A., Stangl, A. and Radbill, B. (2010), Retained Catheter Fragment from a Fractured Tunneled Catheter—A Rare and Potentially Lethal Complication. Seminars in Dialysis, 23: 536–539. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-139X.2010.00756.x
- Issue published online: 29 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 29 OCT 2010
Despite efforts to curtail central vein catheter use for dialysis catheters are frequently used in the treatment of end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In 2006, 82% of patients in the USA initiated dialysis via a catheter. The overall of tunnelled cuffed catheter (TCC) use was 35% greater in 2005 compared with 1996. Dialysis catheter tip fracture is a rare and potentially serious complication. Herein, we present the case of an incidental finding of a retained catheter fragment from a fractured TCC in the right atrium. Fragment retrieval (via snare technique) and subsequent placement of a new central venous catheter are outlined.