Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
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Vol. 15, No. 1, 2011, pp. 40-42
Bioline Code: cm11007
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2011, pp. 40-42
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Hemodialysis through persistent left superior vena cava|
Kute, V.B.; Vanikar, A.V.; Gumber, M.R.; Shah, P.R.; Goplani, K.R. & Trivedi, H.L.
We report a case of end stage renal disease patient who displayed a persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) after placement of hemodialysis (HD) catheter through left internal jugular vein, as revealed by routine post-procedure X-ray chest. The diagnosis of PLSVC was confirmed by arterial blood gas, two-dimensional echocardiography, computed tomography thorax and angiographic examination. This anomaly is rather rare; few studies on safety of PLSVC for HD have been reported. The catheter was uneventfully used for HD for 2 months with careful continuous monitoring and removed after arteriovenous fistula was successfully cannulated. Physicians who place HD catheters in the left jugular/subclavian vein should be aware of the existence of PLSVC.
Hemodialysis, hemodialysis catheter, persistent left superior vena cava
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