Experience with the use of a subcutaneous venous access system in 57 pediatric patients
Alliende-González FJ, Antillon-Klüssmann FG, Sierrasesúmaga-Ariznabarreta L, Villa-Elizaga I.
Departamento de Pediatría, Facultad de Medicina, Clínica Universitaria de Navarra, Pamplona, España.
Since May of 1983 to December of 1988, 62 subcutaneous venous reservoires were implanted in 57 pediatric patients; 29 were boys and the remaining 28 were girls between the ages of 2 and 18 years. Fifty-one patients had malignant illnesses and seven other pathologies.
The reservoir was used for the endovenous administration of cytotoxic chemotherapy and antibiotics, hidration, nutrition, the transfusion of blood product and the extraction of samples for laboratory tests. In our experience the most important complication was the infection of the system, on the average 0.06 episodes of infections occurred for every 100 days per reservoir.
Other complications observed were less frequent. In our opinion the subcutaneous reservoir represents an useful tool for the care of the pediatric patients who require a central venous catheter for long periods of time.
CITATION Bol Med Hosp Infant Mex. 1990 Aug;47(8):576-9