Differential device performances for hepatic arterial chemotherapy: A technical report on totally implantable pumps and ports for both continuous and bolus infusion

D. Civalleri, F. DeCian, R. Pellicci, Nadia Balletto, G. Simoni, M. Cosimelli, G. Mondini, Paola Bignami, P. P. Cagol

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Abstract

Performances of totally implantable infusion systems were analyzed in patients with colorectal liver metastases undergoing intra-arterial treatment. It consisted of 14-day continuous infusion of 5-fluor-2'deoxyuridine with pumps (pump14, 44 patients) or ports fed by external pumps (port14, 34 patients), or bolus infusion of cisplatin (port21, 57 patients) or epirubicin (port7, 22 patients) every 3rd week and weekly, respectively. Toxicity and disease progression were the most common causes of treatment interruption. System failure occurred in 2 pump14, 9 port14, 6 port21 and 2 port7 cases. Pocket problems were most frequent in the pump14 group (30%), whereas catheter- and infusion-related problems were mostly observed in the port14 group (109%). The devices were still functional after 12 months in 92% of pump14, 24% of port14, 65% of port21 and in 78% of port7 patients. Although implantable ports allow adequate infusion periods, in most cases they appear especially suitable for bolus infusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Surgical Research
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1998

Keywords

  • Colorectal neoplasms
  • Implantable devices
  • Infusion pumps
  • Infusions, intra-arterial
  • Liver neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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