Long-term use of indwelling multipurpose silastic catheters in pediatric cancer patients treated with aggressive chemotherapy.

@article{Cairo1986LongtermUO,
  title={Long-term use of indwelling multipurpose silastic catheters in pediatric cancer patients treated with aggressive chemotherapy.},
  author={Mitchell S Cairo and S. Spooner and L. C. Sowden and Geni Bennetts and Bradford Towne and F S Hodder},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  year={1986},
  volume={4 5},
  pages={
          784-8
        }
}
We studied the complications related to the use of 53 multipurpose silastic catheters (MSC) placed in 46 pediatric cancer patients over a 1-year period. We documented the longest duration of catheter placement in the pediatric oncology literature. There were 7,650 Broviac days (range, 9 to 365 days; mean, 163 days) with 255 patient months of catheter use and a mean of 5.5 months per catheter. Of the 53 MSCs, 90% were Broviacs (72% adult size, 18% pediatric size) and 10% Hickman. There were 23… CONTINUE READING