Comparison of subclavian vein with femoral vein catheterization for hemodialysis

Am J Kidney Dis. 1983 Jan;2(4):474-6. doi: 10.1016/s0272-6386(83)80081-x.


Subclavian vein catheterization (SVC) is not widely accepted for vascular access because it is considered more invasive than femoral vein catheterization (FVC). The use of FVC and SVC for acute vascular access was compared for 9 mo each. Complications were minimal with both, but access related hospitalizations were lower and the number of out-patient dialyses performed were higher with SVC than FVC. Complications with SVC might have been minimized by using an 18-gauge metallic needle for insertion, avoiding interdialytic infusions and using SVC for less than 4 wk.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization* / adverse effects
  • Femoral Vein*
  • Humans
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • Subclavian Vein*