The Hickman catheter: A new hemodialysis access device for infants and small children

J. D. Mahan, S. M. Mauer, T. E. Nevins

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We investigated the use of an indwelling right atrial (RA) catheter (Hickman catheter) for vascular access in small children and report our experience with 28 catheters in 26 small patients. The Hickman catheter afforded safe and reliable vascular access in infants and children up to 13 kg in weight. Adequate blood flow always required placement of the catheter tip in the RA or at the RA-SVC junction. We are now using this method preferentially to meet short-term dialysis needs in small patients with acute renal failure, before and after renal transplantation, and while awaiting maturation of A-V fistuale or grafts in larger children. A trial with a larger bore catheter in children weighing more than 12 kg is now underway in our institution to determine whether or not this technique may be useful for larger children in similar clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)694-697
Number of pages4
JournalKidney international
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1983

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Funding Information:
From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, The Scheie Eye Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania* and the Department of Ophthalmology, The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. t Supported in part in Training Grant 5T32EY07041, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health and the Gretel and Eugene Ormandy and Harry and Edith H. Hubschman Teaching and Research Funds, Scheie Eye Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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