Implanted Venous Access Port
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 2, 2022.
What is an implanted venous access port?
An implanted venous access port is a device used to give treatments and take blood. It may also be called a central venous access device (CVAD). The port is a small container that is placed under your skin, usually in your upper chest. A port can also be placed in your arm or abdomen. The port is attached to a catheter that enters a large vein.
Why do I need an implanted venous access port?
- You need long-term IV treatments. Examples include chemotherapy, antibiotics, or a bone marrow transplant. A port allows you to get these treatments at home, in a clinic, or in the hospital.
- You need blood transfusions or blood tests often. You can receive blood transfusions through your port. Healthcare providers can also collect blood samples.
- Your veins need to be protected. Chemotherapy and other medicines can damage your veins and skin.
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