A comparison of standard dual-tip hemodialysis catheter split lumen hemodialysis catheter.

Clinical imaging

PubMedID: 23465976

Lee HJ, Park SW, Chang IS, Jo YI, Park JH, Lee JH, Yun IJ, Hwang JJ, Lee SA. A comparison of standard dual-tip hemodialysis catheter split lumen hemodialysis catheter. Clin Imaging. 2013;37(2):251-5.
PURPOSE
To compare a split lumen (SLC) with the standard dual-tip hemodialysis catheter (DTC).

MATERIALS AND METHODS
The patients who underwent DTC insertion or SLC insertion were enrolled. Initial catheter dwell times (ICDT) and catheter-related complications were compared.

RESULTS
SLC (n=80) and DTC (n=133) were enrolled. ICDT was 71.94 days (SLC) and 68.55 days (DTC) (P=.76). Catheter migration was detected in 10.5% and 12.4% (SLC) and in 1.7% and 2.0% (DTC) (P=.0026).

CONCLUSIONS
SLC did not extend the ICDT compared to DTC. Furthermore, SLC was more prone to catheter-related complications, particularly catheter migration, than DTC.