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J Vasc Access. 2012 Jan-Mar;13(1):122-3. doi: 10.5301/JVA.5000010.

An unusual case of central venous catheter-related bacteremia.

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  • 1Department of Nephrology, Bretonneau Hospital, Tours, France.


Some hemodialysed patients need definitive central venous catheterization. One of the main complications is catheter infection, and each infection must be treated. We report a case of an unusual cause of central venous catheter (CVC) infection: physical examination and catheter opacification demonstrated two pin-holes in the catheter. It was possible to salvage the catheter following a treatment regimen combining systemic antibiotics, antibiotic locks, fibrinolytics, and removal of a catheter segment.

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