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Complications associated with the use of vascular access ports in dogs receiving external beam radiation therapy.

Authors
  • Mayer, Monique N
  • Grier, Candace K
  • Yoshikawa, Hiroto
  • Ringwood, P Brendon
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2008
Volume
233
Issue
1
Pages
96–103
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2460/javma.233.1.96
PMID: 18593316
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Placement of VAPs provided ready access in dogs receiving radiation therapy. Most complications were minor and self-limiting; however, a low risk of serious complications existed. Use of fluoroscopy to assess position of the catheter tip is recommended to decrease the risk of malposition. Immediate removal of a VAP is recommended when clinical signs of infection develop. Removal of a VAP at the completion of radiation therapy should be performed unless the benefit of continued vascular access outweighs the risks.

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