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Intracardiac fistula: an unusual complication of catheter-related blood stream infection. JRSM Open 2017 Sep;8(9):2054270417728230

Date

09/15/2017

Pubmed ID

28904808

Pubmed Central ID

PMC5588803

DOI

10.1177/2054270417728230

Abstract

In end stage renal disease patients on dialysis, the use of catheter as a vascular access is associated with a significant risk of sepsis compared to an arterio-venous fistula. Our case emphasizes the importance of having high index of suspicion for unusual complications in patients presenting with possible catheter-related blood stream infection and early use of complementary tools such as trans-oesophageal echocardiography whenever applicable.

Author List

Koratala A, Aboud H, Gibson R, Hamilton KK

Author

Abhilash Koratala MD Assistant Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin