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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 182-184

Delayed cardiac migration of totally implantable central venous access catheter


Department of Pediatric Surgery, Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Shailesh Solanki
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-0513.130223

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Chemo ports (or totally implantable venous devices) are increasingly being used for venous access for chemotherapy in cancer patients, especially in the pediatric age group. They improve the quality of life of children requiring long-term chemotherapy. Despite the advances made in the design, material of the catheter and the technique of insertion, various complications are associated with their use. Cardiac embolization of such a catheter is a life-threatening complication. We report, cardiac migration of a chemo port catheter 6 months post-insertion and discuss the diagnosis and management of this rare complication.


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