Stuck in the Tunnel: Catheter Removal
Tunneled hemodialysis catheters are typically temporary and thus eventually need to be removed. The longer they are in the more they may adhere to the tunnel or even internally to the vein. What is the safest way of removing them and what are the possible risks if the method of removal is simply by pulling hard? As common as these catheters are, this thread demonstrates how different people do things very differently.
Summary provided by Roger Rodby, MD, MS.
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