What is it like living with a central venous catheter



For the past 5 years, I have lived with a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) for treatment of a chronic urinary tract infection (UTI) associated with a neurogenic bladder. As a child, I experienced several kidney infections before being diagnosed with vesicoureteral reflux, a condition where urine flows back into the kidney from the bladder. The vesicoureteral reflux was surgically corrected, reducing the frequency of my UTIs. Unfortunately, later in life, I began to develop frequent UTIs despite prophylactic oral antibiotics.


Paliobeis, T. (2015) Living with a Central Venous Catheter: Complications and Catheter Reactions. The Journal of the Association for Vascular Access. 20(3), p.129-131.

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