An experience with an implanted port system in 66 children with cancer

David L. Becton*, Morris Kletzel, E. S. Golladay, Gay Hathaway, D. H. Berry

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Totally implanted port catheter systems have a lower incidence of infection and are more easily used in home care that external catheters in adult cancer patients. Experience with this method in children has been limited. During the past 2 years, we have implanted 71 ports in 66 children with cancer. Our experience demonstrates an infection rate (0.15 episodes of bacteremia per 100 patient days) slightly lower than that reported for children with Broviac or Hickman catheters, but not as low as that seen in adults with implanted systems. Patients and families have been extremely satisfied with the devices. Our experience supports further use of implanted systems in children with cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)376-378
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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