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Low-dose streptokinase for occluded Hickman catheters.

Authors
  • Zajko, A B
  • Reilly, J J Jr
  • Bron, K M
  • Desai, R
  • Steed, D L
Type
Published Article
Journal
AJR. American journal of roentgenology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1983
Volume
141
Issue
6
Pages
1311–1312
Identifiers
PMID: 6606335
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In 14 patients, 16 episodes of occluded Hickman catheters were evaluated by contrast venography. In 13 instances, a fibrin sheath occluding the distal catheter was observed. A mechanical problem was responsible for occlusion in three catheters. Low-dose streptokinase effectively restored lumen patency in 12 catheters (92%) occluded by a fibrin sheath.

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