The creation of an accurate functioning arteriovenous fistula has been a long-lasting problem in the hemodialysis setting. In spite of recent guidelines and largely because of the old age of the current dialysis population and a high incidence of diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, and related vascular problems, it is not always possible to create an adequate fistula. In that case, long-term tunneled indwelling central vein catheters are a frequently used alternative. Of the many possible complications related to venous access in hemodialysis patients, catheter dysfunction is the most prevalent. We report a 23-year-old female hemodialysis patient in whom such malfunctioning was followed by echocardiography that revealed a large right atrial thrombus (RAT) in close contact to the tip of a long-term indwelling catheter in the presence of a patent foramen ovale. Although RAT is a rare complication in hemodialysis patients, it has very specific therapeutic implications. The present patient underwent a successful surgical atrial thrombectomy. Our experience underscores that in cases of malfunctioning catheter, echocardiographic screening is mandatory.
"In suspected cases, TEE can be done and TEE has a better sensitivity and specificity compared to TTE . Cardiac MRI with gadolinium contrast can be a useful tool for diagnosis and for tissue characterization but was avoided in our case because of risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Central venous catheters (CVC) are used commonly in clinical practice. Incidences of CVC-related right atrial thrombosis (CRAT) are variable, but, when right atrial thrombus is present, it carries a mortality risk of 18% in hemodialysis patients and greater than 40% risk in nonhemodialysis patients. Different pathogenic mechanisms have been postulated for the development of CRAT, which includes mechanical irritation of the myocardial wall, propagation of intraluminal clot, hypercoagulability, and hemodynamics of right atria. Presentation of CRAT may be asymptomatic or may be associated with one of the complications of CRAT like pulmonary embolism, systemic embolism, infected thrombi, or hemodynamic compromise. There are no established treatment guidelines for CRAT. We describe an interesting case of a 59-year-old asymptomatic male successfully treated with open heart surgery after failure of medical treatment for a large CRAT discovered during a preoperative evaluation for a kidney transplant. Our case underscores that early detection of CRAT may carry a favorable prognosis as opposed to waiting until catastrophic complications arise. It also underscores the importance of transesophageal echocardiography in the detection of thrombus and perhaps guides clinicians on which treatment modality to be used according to the size of the thrombus.
Case Reports in Medicine 11/2012; 2012(9):501303. DOI:10.1155/2012/501303
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To track the natural history of tunneled hemodialysis catheters requiring removal or exchange at a single institution.
Over a 2-year period, tunneled hemodialysis catheters that presented to interventional radiology for removal or exchange were entered into this retrospective study. Patient demographics, catheter location, dwell time, and indication for removal were recorded. Pull-back contrast venography was performed with imaging over the chest. Catheters were then removed or exchanged.
Three hundred thirty-four tunneled dialysis catheters were removed or exchanged in 207 patients; 108 male, median age 53 years. Dwell time, available from 296 catheters, ranged from 1 to 114 days (median, 66 days) for a total of 32,847 catheter days. One hundred three catheters were removed for infection, yielding a rate of infection requiring catheter removal of 3.0 per 1,000 catheter days. One hundred catheters were removed for other working access, and 96 catheters were exchanged for poor function. Two hundred sixty-five were removed or exchanged from the internal jugular vein, 22 from the subclavian vein, and 24 from the femoral vein. One hundred seventy-two (76%) of the 226 catheters studied with contrast had fibrin sheaths; of which 42 had thrombus identified along the catheter tract. One hundred ninety-three catheters were removed, and 141 catheters were exchanged for new catheters with 82 catheters receiving balloon disruption of the fibrin sheath.
Approximately one third of tunneled dialysis catheters are removed for infection, one third for other working access, and one third for poor function. Catheters usually remain in the patient for a median of 2 months. Fibrin sheaths associated with hemodialysis catheters are very common. Thrombus formation around the sheath is frequent.
Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology 03/2007; 18(2):227-35. DOI:10.1016/j.jvir.2006.12.719 · 2.41 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Right atrial thrombus is rare complication of hemodialysis central venous catheter. Literature survey revealed 49 documentations of right atrial thrombus due to a central venous catheter. We report a 58-year-old type 2 diabetic, hypertensive, end-stage renal disease patient, who 2 months after initiation of hemodialysis through a right internal jugular vein catheter, developed clinical features suggestive of pulmonary thromboembolism. An echocardiography revealed presence of a serpentine thrombus in right atrium. The internal jugular vein catheter was removed and unfractionated heparin was initiated. At the end of 6 weeks he was symptom free. We compared conservative treatment with surgery for RAT. Conservative management with central venous catheter removal and anticoagulation therapy is not inferior to the surgery.
Hemodialysis International 08/2009; 13(3):261-5. DOI:10.1111/j.1542-4758.2009.00385.x · 1.24 Impact Factor
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