Totally implantable programmable systems allow preordained complex continuous infusion of drugs. Sixteen totally programmable implantable pumps (Medtronic DAD) have been implanted in fifteen advanced colorectal and renal cancer patients for continuous ia and iv sinusoidal Fudr infusion. Median duration of pump function was 125 days (range 46-468), there was observed only one case of malfunction device which required the implant of a new device, and three complications of pump pocket (seroma, hematoma and infection) without interruption of chemotherapy for clinical causes. The use of totally implantable programmable systems provides and important clinical improvement in controlled long-term drugs administration improving quality of life and duration of chemotherapy.
|Translated title of the contribution||Totally implantable pump for drugs infusion|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
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