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First clinical experience with a high-capacity implantable infusion pump for continuous intravenous chemotherapy.

Authors
  • Damascelli, B
  • Patelli, G
  • Frigerio, L F
  • Lanocita, R
  • Di Tolla, G
  • Marchianò, A
  • Spreafico, C
  • Garbagnati, F
  • Bonalumi, M G
  • Monfardini, L
  • Tichà, V
  • Prino, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cardiovascular and interventional radiology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1999
Volume
22
Issue
1
Pages
37–43
Identifiers
PMID: 9929543
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The new implantable pump showed good flow rate accuracy and reliable operation. The pump-related complications were related to its external design and have now been corrected by appropriate modifications. From a radiologic and surgical viewpoint, the venous implantation procedure is identical to that of conventional vascular access devices and can be performed by radiologists familiar with these techniques. The current limitations lie in the high cost of the pump and, for certain drugs, the short time between refills.

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