Purpose: Totally implantable central venous access port implantation is typically performed in the supine position. However, some patients cannot adopt the supine position due to severe pain and/or dyspnea. The present study evaluated the technical feasibility of peripherally inserted central catheter port system (PICC-PORT) implantation in the sitting position in such cases.
Materials and methods: In the sitting position method, PICC-PORT implantation was performed with the patients seated on a videofluoroscopy chair positioned between the limbs of an angiographic C-arm and the operative upper arm positioned on an arm stand. From January 2019 to September 2021, eight patients underwent PICC-PORT implantations using this sitting method. We also evaluated 251 consecutive patients with conventional supine position PICC-PORT implantation as controls. Differences in technical success, procedure time and complications were retrospectively assessed between the two groups.
Results: Procedural success rates were 100% in both groups. Median procedure times in the sitting and conventional groups were 42 and 44 min, respectively. No complications were observed in the sitting group. There were no significant differences between the two groups in procedure time (p = 0.674) and complications (p = 1.000).
Conclusion: Implantation of PICC-PORT in the sitting position is technically feasible and useful.Reference:
Narita A, Takehara Y, Maruchi Y, Matsunaga N, Ikeda S, Izumi Y, Ota T, Suzuki K. Usefulness of peripherally inserted central catheter port system (PICC-PORT) implantation in the sitting position: a new technique for cases unsuitable for conventional implantation. Jpn J Radiol. 2022 Aug 9. doi: 10.1007/s11604-022-01317-7. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35943686.