A patient with sickle cell anemia may experience more complications associated with a central venous catheter (CVC) than a person without sickle cell anemia.


Complications of a central venous catheter that seen more often in patients with sickle cell anemia:

(1) infection

(2) thrombosis

(3) need for premature removal


Complications can be reduced by:

(1) careful insertion

(2) close monitoring of the patient, especially if the patient has a history of complications associated with a CVC

(3) prompt removal


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