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Nephrol Dial Transplant. 1988;3(4):423-5.

Subclavian stenosis: a major complication of subclavian dialysis catheters.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK.


Subclavian catheterisation is frequently used for acute vascular access for haemodialysis and is thought to rarely result in long-term clinical problems. Venography in 36 cases, however, revealed subclavian stenosis in 18 (50%), of whom five developed clinical problems. The incidence of subclavian-vein stenosis was related to the duration of catheterisation (P less than 0.05). It may also be more common in black patients. Subclavian catheterisation is therefore not necessarily an ideal form of acute vascular access.

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