Table 33.1Initial Experience of One Surgeon with External Long-Term Central Venous Catheters

Patients169
Females98
Males71
Age range12–82
Catheters
Total182
Broviac146
Hickman36
Diagnoses
Leukemia54
Lymphoma20
Gastointestinal cancers24
Gynecologic cancers14
Head and neck cancers8
Miscellaneous19
Site of venous access
External jugular vein161
Cephalic vein18
Internal jugular vein3
Complications
Infections10
Thromboses5
Hematomas at operative site2
Mechanical disruption of catheter7
Follow-up (mean 6 months )
Functioning89
Removed16
Infections8
End of treatments8
Died with functioning catheters77

From Shafir and Hoffman.54

From: Chapter 33, Vascular Access in Cancer Patients

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