Central venous access devices in pediatric malignancies: A position paper of Italian association of pediatric hematology and oncology

Alessandro Crocoli, Assunta Tornesello, Mauro Pittiruti, Angelica Barone, Paola Muggeo, Alessandro Inserra, Angelo Claudio Molinari, Valeria Grillenzoni, Viviana Durante, Maria Pia Cicalese, Giulio Andrea Zanazzo, Simone Cesaro

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Abstract

Introduction: Treatment of pediatric malignancies is becoming progressively more complex, implying the adoption of multimodal therapies. A reliable, long-lasting venous access represents one of the critical requirements for the success of those treatments. Recent technical innovations—such as minimally invasive procedures for placement, new devices and novel materials—have rapidly spread for clinical use in adult patients, but are still not consistently used in the pediatric population. Methods: The Supportive Therapy Working Group of Italian Association of Hematology and Oncology (AIEOP) reviewed medical literature focusing on new aspects of central venous access devices (VADs) in pediatric patients affected by oncohematological diseases. Results: Appropriate recommendations for clinical use in these patients have been discussed and formulated. Conclusions: The importance of the correct choice, management and use of VADs in pediatric oncohematological patients is a necessary prerequisite for an adequate standard of care, also considering the increased chances of cure and the longer life expectancy of those patients with modern therapies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-136
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Vascular Access
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015

Keywords

  • Central venous catheter
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric malignancies
  • PICC
  • Port

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Nephrology

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