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Central Venous Access Catheters

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Wake Radiology Interventional Services has the capability of placing any central venous access device at our Cary office including PICC lines, chest wall ports, and a number of other tunneled and non-tunneled lines.

Venous access devices provide several advantages over regular IV lines, which are usually inserted in a small vein in the hand or arm.

  • Venous access devices avoid problems that result over time from administering strong medications through small veins with regular IV lines, namely irritation of the vein and blood clots in the vein.
  • A central venous device also avoids the inflammation and scarring that can occur in a vein after multiple needle sticks.
  • A central access device increases comfort and reduces anxiety for people who require frequent venous access.

After your procedure:

The following symptoms may develop immediately following placement of a venous access device if pneumothorax or hemothorax has occurred. Please contact our office if any of these occur.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Light-headedness
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain, especially when trying to take deep breaths
  • Feeling unable to take a deep breath

Cellulitis

  • Redness of skin around the device
  • Tenderness of skin around the device
  • Spreading area of redness and tenderness

 

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