Late atrial perforation from tunnelled haemodialysis catheter

A. Banerjee, K. Bhowmick, M. Nayagam, Ken Farrington

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    Central venous cannulation is a commonly performed procedure in HD patients. One complication associated with such a procedure includes cardiac tamponade, thought to arise from the guidewire, dilator or venous cannula piercing the myocardial wall. This particular risk may be minimized by the use of soft j-tipped wires, ensuring cannulae are not advanced too far or against resistance and the use of post-procedure chest radiographs to confirm correct catheter positioning. Most such complications, however, occur at the time of insertion. We report here a rare case of a soft silicone HD catheter migration 2 years following insertion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)527-529
    JournalQJM : An International Journal of Medicine
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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