With the rapid expansion of research programs examining intraperitoneal chemotherapy for ovarian cancer and other intraabdominal malignancies, there is a need for a reliable and safe access to the peritoneal cavity. The technical experience accumulated with either the Tenckhoff catheter or the Port-A-Cath in 288 patients treated at five institutions showed a low incidence of catheter-related peritonitis (5% and 8%, respectively), skin infection (6.6% and 0%), and bowel perforation following surgical implantation (3.5% and 1.3%). Postoperative leakage of intraabdominal fluid, bleeding, or ileus were uncommon and easily controlled. Drainage failure was the major problem with both systems; occurring in 45% of patients. Although both systems are workable, improved catheters for the administration of intraperitoneal chemotherapy are warranted.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Seminars in Oncology|
|Issue number||3 SUPPL. 4|
|State||Published - Sep 1985|
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