Semin intervent Radiol 2009; 26(2): 106-114
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1222453
© Thieme Medical Publishers

A Review of Evolving Dialysis Catheter Technologies

Martha-Grace Knuttinen1 , Sonia Bobra1 , Julian Hardman1 , Ron C. Gaba1 , James T. Bui1 , Charles A. Owens1
  • 1Section of Interventional Radiology, University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, Illinios
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Publication Date:
29 June 2009 (online)


Dialysis catheters continue to play a vital role in the delivery of hemodialysis to patients for both temporary vascular access, serving as a bridge to permanent access, and for long-term access for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). During the past decade, there has been an emergence of technological advancements in the design of dialysis catheters in an attempt to reduce catheter malfunction, decrease infection rates, and improve their long-term efficiency. New improvements in catheter design are aimed at translating into improved catheter performance. This review article summarizes some of the novel catheter designs developed within the last decade.


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Martha-Grace KnuttinenM.D. Ph.D. 

Section of Interventional Radiology, University of Illinois Medical Center

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