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October 15, 2008

Femoral vs Jugular Venous Catheterization for Short-term Dialysis Access

JAMA. 2008;300(15):1760-1761. doi:10.1001/jama.300.15.1761-a

To the Editor: In a randomized trial of femoral vs jugular venous catheterization for short-term dialysis access, Dr Parienti and colleagues1 concluded that jugular venous catheterization resulted in more mechanical complications, specifically hematomas. Additionally, they found no difference in the overall rate of catheter colonization, although this varied based on body mass index.