Review of implanted central venous port systems


Intravenous literature: Teichgraber, U.K.M., Kausche, S. and Nagel, S.N. (2011) Evaluation of radiologically implanted central venous port systems explanted due to complications. The Journal of Vascular Access. 12(4), p.306-312.


Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate explantations of central venous port systems that were implanted by interventional radiologists in cases where complications demanded the removal of the port device. Methods: In this retrospective single-center study, explantation rates of central venous port catheter systems (CVPS) associated with complications were investigated over a 10-year period. All CVPS were implanted and explanted in our radiology department’s interventional suite. Port catheter dysfunctions were divided into early and late complications, as well as into nonthrombotic and thrombotic events. Indications for implantation and explantation as well as clinical demographics were considered. Results: One hundred and ninety-three CVPS were removed from 182 patients, due to complications. The total indwelling time of all CVPS was 55,132 catheter-days (mean 285.7; range 1-2,704). The most common diagnoses were gastrointestinal cancers 77 (39.9%) and hematological malignancies 32 (16.6%). Bloodstream infections 134 (69.4%) were the most common indication for the explantation procedure. These were followed by catheter-related thrombosis 28 (14.5%), nonthrombotic CVPS dysfunction 18 (9.3%), port pocket infections 9 (4.7%), and others 4 (2.1%). The highest percentages of explantations related to bloodstream infections were observed in patients with malabsorption (81.8%) and hematological malignancies (81.3%). Conclusion: Bloodstream infections were the most common cause for port explantation, followed by catheter-related thrombosis. Complication-related explantations were mainly for late-onset complications. Prevention and management strategies should be applied regarding care and usage of port systems to reduce the rate of complication-related explantations.

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