Indexed on: 29 Mar '03Published on: 29 Mar '03Published in: European Radiology
Our objective was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of a new method in approaching the access route percutaneously for the implantable port-catheter system for repeated hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy. Fifteen patients underwent port-catheter system placement via the left subclavian artery with the catheter tip fixed within the gastroduodenal artery with embolic materials and a catheter side hole opening to the common hepatic artery. Before port-catheter placement, the right gastric artery was embolized via the femoral catheter access. Then a 0.035-in. guide wire was inserted from the right femoral artery to the left subclavian artery. The guide wire was left in place during puncture by the needle as an access route for catheter placement. At the time of puncture, the tip of the puncture needle was aimed at the guide wire placed in the subclavian artery beforehand. In all 15 patients the procedure was successfully completed in a reasonable time (mean time 95.0 min, range 50-240 min). Complications occurred in two patients: a transient numbness of the arm in 1 patient and a mild hematoma detected in the subcutaneous pocket in another patient. This experience indicates the possibility of using a targeting guide wire in puncture of the subclavian artery as an access route for catheter placement.