Original Article

Temporary Catheter Insertions and Complications in Our Nephrology Clinic: Clinical Experience of One Year


  • Özger Akarsu
  • Ahmet Yavuz
  • Ferhan Aytuğ
  • Egemen Cebeci
  • Ergün Parmaksız
  • Meral Meşe
  • Zerrin Bicik Bahçebaşı

Received Date: 29.07.2016 Accepted Date: 30.08.2016 Med Bull Haseki 2017;55(2):142-145


Urgent hemodialysis in patients with renal insufficiency is usually provided by catheter insertions. Early complications of hemodialysis catheter insertions can increase morbidity and mortality. In this study, we investigated the characteristics of patients undergoing temporary hemodialysis catheter insertion in our nephrology clinic and complications.


In this study, we reviewed the records of 151 patients in whom temporary hemodialysis catheters were inserted by the nephrologists of our clinic between August 2012 and August 2013. Demographic features, catheter insertion indications, and catheter insertion sites were assessed and complications were noted.


A total of 151 patients (94 female and 57 male) were included in the study. The average age of the patients was 58.66±16.8 years (minimum: 17, maximum: 92). No complication was observed in 112 (74.2%) patients during catheter insertions. Catheter insertion was repeated in 39 (25.8%) patients for various reasons. Arterial puncture occurred in 12 (7.9%) of 151 patients who had catheter insertions for the first time. None of the patients required surgical intervention.


Temporary catheter insertions are required in patients needing urgent hemodialysis. However, they bring along the risk for many complications. Early referral of patients who require hemodialysis to nephrology clinic and application of permanent vascular interventions will reduce the need for temporary catheters and complications.

Keywords: Temporary catheter insertions, complications, arterial puncture

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