Power contrast injections through a totally implantable venous power port

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To evaluate the feasibility and safety of power injection of contrast media through totally implantable venous power ports during computed tomography scans in oncologic patients” Son et al (2019).

Abstract;

Objectives; To evaluate the feasibility and safety of power injection of contrast media through totally implantable venous power ports during computed tomography scans in oncologic patients.

Methods: The study population consisted of 417 patients who underwent computed tomography scan through a totally implantable venous power port. Clinical data were examined. Logistic regression analysis was used to assess the associations between clinical covariables and computed tomography scan failure.

Results: Successful computed tomography scans were achieved in 534 of 540 examinations (98.9%). Logistic regression analysis showed that contrast media above a 350 concentration was significantly associated with computed tomography scan failure (95% confidence interval: 1.01–1.13, p = 0.012). No major complications were noted.

Conclusions: Power injection of contrast media through a totally implantable venous power port for computed tomography examination is feasible and safe. This procedure provides an acceptable alternative in oncologic patients with inadequate peripheral intravenous access when computed tomography examination with contrast enhancement is needed.

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Reference:

Son, R.S., Song, Y.G., Jo, J., Park, B.H., Jung, G.S. and Yun, J.H. (2019) Power contrast injections through a totally implantable venous power port: A retrospective multicenter study. Phlebology. July 15th. doi: 10.1177/0268355519863207. .

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