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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. julibadin@gmail.com

Abstract

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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