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Eliminating the "Pitfalls" of chronic indwelling central venous access device placement in cancer patients by utilizing a venous cutdown approach and by selectively and appropriately utilizing intraoperative venography
© Povoski; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007
- Received: 16 June 2007
- Accepted: 09 July 2007
- Published: 09 July 2007
There are several very obvious and simple solutions for eliminating the "Pitfalls" and for minimizing the risk of occurrence of any perioperative complications associated with placement of chronic indwelling central venous access devices in cancer patients. The first is the utilization of a venous cutdown approach, such as the cephalic vein or the external jugular vein, which essentially eliminates potentially life-threatening perioperative complications, such as pneumothorax and injury to the great vessels (with or without associated hemothorax). The second is the selective and appropriate utilization of intraoperative venography for defining the central venous anatomy and for providing a venous roadmap in those particularly challenging cases in which difficulties are encountered during chronic indwelling central venous access device placement.
- Internal Jugular Vein
- Subclavian Vein
- External Jugular Vein
- Central Venous Access Device
- Venous Abnormality
The author is the Deputy Editor of the World Journal of Surgical Oncology.
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