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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1988 Feb;27(2):91-5.

Totally implantable system for venous access in children with cystic fibrosis.

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Department of Surgery, Adelaide Children's Hospital, South Australia.


Thirteen children with cystic fibrosis had a totally implantable reservoir surgically inserted for repeated courses of intravenous antibiotics. The youngest patient was 17 months at the time of implantation. The catheters have been in place for an average of 463 +/- 200 days. Forty seven courses of intravenous antibiotics have been given over a total of 832 treatment days. Three patients had complications. One experienced catheter separation from the portal, one catheter became occluded, and a third catheter fractured and migrated to the right atrium but was successfully retrieved percutaneously. The catheters were accepted well by patients and parents. We conclude that implantable reservoir systems, although moderately expensive and not totally free of complications, offer another modality in the management of cystic fibrosis patients.

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