JOURNAL ARTICLE

[Superior vena cava syndrome caused by dialysis catheter]

Nezihi Küçükarslan, Mehmet Yilmaz, Melih Hulusi Us, Yücesin Arslan, Adem Güler, Ahmet Turan Yilmaz
Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES 2007, 13 (1): 63-6
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The superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome is an uncommon complication due to permanent hemodialysis catheters. Herein we present a case with superior vena cava syndrome resulting from dialysis access catheter placed in the subclavian vein. The patient was admitted with typical signs and symptoms of superior vena cava syndrome. Angiography revealed obstruction of the superior vena cava with thrombosis. Surgical repair consisted of thrombectomy and patch repair of superior vena cava with autologous pericardium. The complaints and symptoms of the patient decreased dramatically following the operation. In view of this case, we do think that creating an early arteriovenous fistula should be kept in mind to minimize the use of dialysis catheter.

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