Port-a-caths in cancer patients

  • Clive L. Sinoff
  • Terry Koski


We report on 91 patients with cancer who underwent the insertion of 89 venous and 4 hepatic arterial, implanted vascular ports (port-a-caths) for periods of up to 33 months (total 1 525 patient-months). There were 1 fatal, 9 serious and 8 minor complications in 18 patients which are described and discussed. In this series, comlplications were more common in younger patients, and infection was rare.

Port-a-caths are extremely useful for vascular access, and have a low complication rate. However, the occasional occurrence of serious and even fatal complications suggests that the decision to insert a device should be judiciously weighed.


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eISSN: 0256-95749
print ISSN: 2078-5135