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J Vasc Access. 2012 Jan-Mar;13(1):115-7. doi: 10.5301/jva.5000008.

Intrapleural migration of a percutaneous transhepatic hemodialysis catheter.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Division of Interventional Radiology, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.


Percutaneous transhepatic catheters are a form of nonconventional access for patients requiring hemodialysis. We report a complication of these catheters which has not been previously described in the literature. The mechanism for intrapleural migration and a way to avoid this potential complication are discussed.

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