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Potet, J., Arnaud, F.X., Thome, A., Weber-Donat, G., Konopacki, J., Bouzad, C., Kervella, Y., Erauso, T., Garcia, G., Evelyne, P., Valbousquet, L., Baccialone, J. and Teriitehau, C.A. (2015) Peripherally inserted central catheter placement in patients with coagulation disorders: A retrospective analysis. Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging. May 26th. .


OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety of peripherally inserted central venous catheter (PICC) placement in patients with altered and uncorrected coagulation parameters or receiving antiplatelet therapy.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medical charts of all patients with major primary and secondary hemostasis disorders, combined hemostasis disorders or on antiplatelet therapy and who had undergone non-tunneled PICC placement from December 2009 to December 2013, were retrospectively reviewed. A hemostatic disorder was defined as a platelet count (PC)≤50×109/L, an international normalized ratio (INR) ≥ 2, or an activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT)≥66s, alone or in combination. Underlying hemostasis disorders were not corrected and antiplatelet therapy was not interrupted before PICC placement in any patient. 4, and 5-Fr single and dual lumen PICCs were used.

RESULTS: A total of 378 PICCs were placed in 271 patients (180 men and 91 women; mean age=62±13.4years; range, 18-93 years)) with coagulation disorders. Eighty-nine (23%) PICCs were placed in patients who were receiving antiplatelet therapy (aspirin, clopidogrel, rivaroxaban). Thrombocytopenia was noted in 269PICC placements (71%). Among these patients, 23 had disseminated intravascular coagulation. Prolonged INR and aPTT were observed in 42 procedures (11.1%). PICC placement was achieved in all patients, with a mean number of 1.14 attempts. Peripheral venous access was obtained through the basilic and the brachial vein respectively in 295 (79.1%) and 83 (20.9%) of patients. The placements were performed by residents and fellows in 108 (28.5%) and 270 (71.5%) procedures, respectively. No early or late complications were reported after any procedure. No accidental puncture of the brachial artery occurred.

CONCLUSION: In patients with severe primary and secondary hemostasis disorders, combined hemostasis disorders or on antiplatelet therapy, PICC placement is a feasible and safe procedure and does not require correction of coagulation parameters or discontinuation of antiplatelet therapy.

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