Double-lumen inferior vena cava catheters for peripheral stem cell apheresis and transplantations

William D. Haire, Lana C. Stephens, Gail D. Kotulak, Kim Schmit-Pokorny, Anne Kessinger

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No previously published studies have described double-lumen hemodialysis/apheresis catheters for use with continuous-flow apheresis collection of peripheral stem cell (PSC). We prospectively evaluated experiences with these catheters during both PSC collection and transplantation. Because of previously-described successful experiences with single-lumen apheresis catheters placed in the inferior vena cava, all catheters evaluated in this study were placed in this anatomic location. Our experience demonstrated high rates of thrombotic occlusion (65%) and catheter-related infections (15%). This method of access should not be considered optimal in its present state of use. Further investigation into preferred catheter design, anatomic location, and thrombosis prophylaxis during continuous-flow apheresis is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalTransfusion Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Hematology


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