Outcome of tunneled hemodialysis catheters placed by radiologists

Gunnar B. Lund, Scott O. Trerotola, Paul F. Scheel, Scott J. Savader, Sally E. Mitchell, Anthony C. Venbrux, Floyd A. Osterman

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PURPOSE: To compare the outcomes of hemodialysis catheters placed by interventional radiologists with those placed by surgeons. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The outcomes were retrospectively analyzed of 237 hemodialysis catheters placed in 140 patients by a radiology service from January 1991 through December 1992. Follow-up data were available for 222 catheters (94%). Catheter secondary patency and freedom from infection were analyzed statistically and by means of life-table analysis. RESULTS: Pneumothorax occurred after the placement of six catheters (2.5%); in two patients, a chest tube was required for decompression. Other short-term complications included air embolism with no clinical sequelae (two procedures) and prolonged oozing from the tunnel (two procedures). Long-term complications included infection and catheter failure. Infection occurred in 26 patients (18%) with 32 catheters (14%) and resulted in removal of 25 catheters. Ninety-three catheters (42%) failed, and 63 catheters (28%) were removed because of failure. CONCLUSION: Hemodialysis catheters placed by radiologists do not have a higher rate of complications or failure than catheters placed by surgeons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-472
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1996


  • Catheters and catheterization, central venous access
  • Catheters and catheterization, complications
  • Dialysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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