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Cardiovascular ultrasound in detecting central venous catheter thrombosis in the intensive care unit: splenectomy and antiphospholipid syndrome

Department of Anesthesia and Cardiovascular Critical Care, Attikon Hospital, Medical School, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Summary

Venous thrombosis of the upper extremities is becoming increasingly prevalent in the intensive care unit as a result of chronic in-dwelling central venous catheters. We report two rare cases in which combined transoesophageal echocardiography and vascular ultrasound examination aided in the identification of catheter-related thrombosis in two patients suffering from splenectomy-induced thrombocytosis and antiphospholipid syndrome respectively.

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