Accidental extravascular insertion of a subclavian hemodialysis catheter is signaled by nonvisualization of catheter tip

Marius C. Florescu, Hatem Moussa, Moro Salifu, Eli A. Friedman

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Subclavian hemodialysis (HD) catheter placement under fluoroscopy with perforation of the superior vena cava (SVC) is a rare complication that needs to be recognized and treated appropriately. We report the case of a 47-year-old black woman under treatment for end-stage renal disease secondary to HIV-associated nephropathy who sustained an extravascular insertion of fluoroscopy-guided subclavian catheterization for HD. Subsequent successful removal of the extravascularly placed catheter along with repair of the lacerated SVC were effected by open thoracic surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-343
Number of pages3
JournalHemodialysis International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2005



  • Hemodialysis catheter
  • Superior vena cava perforation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Nephrology

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