Different totally implantable arterial infusion systems were compared in patients with liver metastases from colorectal cancer undergoing continuous intra-arterial infusion. Seventy-eight patients received continuous FUdR infusion using either totally implantable pumps (group a = 44 pts.) or ports fed by external portable pumps (group b = 34 pts.), and 57 patients received bolus infusion of Cisplatin (group c). Devices were cared for patency even after interruption of treatment, commonly caused by disease progression. Pocket problems most frequently occurred in group a (30%) compared to groups b (9%) and c (7%), whereas a higher incidence of catheter and infusion related problems was observed in group b (109%). System failure was recorded as a cause of interruption of treatment in two, 9, and 6 cases in groups a to c, respectively. The 12-months patency rate was 92% in group a, 24% in group b (median 9 months), and 65% in group c (median 17 months). Though implantable ports allow adequate infusion periods in most cases they seem more adequate for bolus infusions.
|Translated title of the contribution||Function and complications of diverse totally implantable systems for continuous intra-arterial infusion of FUdR in colorectal hepatic metastases|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Giornale di Chirurgia|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1996|
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