Subclavian hemodialysis (HD) catheter placement under fluoroscopy with perforation of the superior vena cava (SVC) is a rare complication that needs to be recognized and treated appropriately. We report the case of a 47-year-old black woman under treatment for end-stage renal disease secondary to HIV-associated nephropathy who sustained an extravascular insertion of fluoroscopy-guided subclavian catheterization for HD. Subsequent successful removal of the extravascularly placed catheter along with repair of the lacerated SVC were effected by open thoracic surgery.
- Hemodialysis catheter
- Superior vena cava perforation
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