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Vascular access catheters for chemotherapy. Long-term follow-up.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6808325     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Accessible surface veins become increasingly difficult to find after repeated venepunctures. This unfortunate situation often arises in patients on long-term chemotherapy, and can lead to soft tissue infiltration of toxic agents with resultant necrosis. A solution to this problem is the placement of long term indwelling vascular access catheters. Three different catheters are here described-the Raimondi, the Hickman, and the Broviac. They have been used 90 times in 78 patients over the last 2 1/2 years. All have been very successful in terms of ease of insertion, inertness, lack of post-operative infection, and prolonged duration of function. Thirty-five patients were available for long-term follow-up (greater than 6 months). Results in these show a mean catheter life varying from three to five months with a very low incidence of septicaemia, even in the immunologically compromised patients. The advantages of the various catheters are compared.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0025-729X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  1982 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-09-17     Completed Date:  1982-09-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  427-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Catheters, Indwelling* / adverse effects
Follow-Up Studies
Long-Term Care
Middle Aged
Pharmaceutical Preparations / administration & dosage*
Sepsis / etiology
Subclavian Vein
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Pharmaceutical Preparations

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