Author(s): FazenyDrner B, Wenzel C, Berzlanovich A, SunderPlassmann G, Greinix H,
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Abstract The so-called pinch-off syndrome is observed in up to 1\% of all central venous catheters (CVCs), and is a valuable warning prior to fragmentation, which occurs in approximately 40\% of the respective cases. As long-term indwelling CVCs are used with increasing frequency, this paper describes the necessity of pinch-off monitoring following the experiences of a case study and a review of the current literature on this specific topic in order to point out preventive practice guidelines. Besides easy preventive practices such as a high level of suspicion and adequate X-ray controls, findings give strong evidence that the most important specific factor might be the adequate approach. In our hands, the supraclavicular technique has provided the best results with regards to percutaneous introduction of large bore CVCs.
This article was published in Bone Marrow Transplant
and referenced in Journal of Vascular Medicine & Surgery