Dialysis Access-Induced Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

Madan, Atul K.; Allmon, Jon C.; Cheng, Stephen S.; Slakey, Douglas P.; Harding, Michael
October 2002
American Surgeon;Oct2002, Vol. 68 Issue 10, p904
Academic Journal
Vascular thrombosis is a complication of dialysis access and thrombosis of the superior vena cava by indwelling dialysis catheters access can cause superior vena cava syndrome. We describe a case of superior vena cava syndrome resulting from a dialysis access catheter placed in the internal jugular vein. Although surgical intervention is often needed to treat dialysis access-related superior vena cava syndrome this patient required only conservative measures for resolution of the syndrome. In this paper we describe the presentation, diagnosis, and management of this case. A review of dialysis access thrombosis complications and treatment options is also presented.


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