Hemodialysis catheter-associated endocarditis: clinical features, risks, and costs

Semin Dial. May-Jun 2003;16(3):263-5. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-139x.2003.16050.x.


Endocarditis associated with vascular access catheters for hemodialysis (HD) is a catastrophic but not widely appreciated phenomenon. Its current incidence, clinical outcome, and associated costs are not easily ascertained. Increasing use of tunneled catheters for HD access may result in a larger pool of patients at risk for endocarditis. We present two representative cases, review recent trends, and assess the current potential for additional cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arteriovenous Shunt, Surgical / adverse effects*
  • Catheterization, Peripheral
  • Endocarditis / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male