Â One of our oncology patients who has been on Navelbine weekly came into our Out patient Infusin Center for her treatment
When I accessed the port it was difficult for the needle to penetrate through the actual port and as the needle passed through the port it felt like it was passing through "sand" it did fluch easily and a brisl blood return was noted.
The skin around the port septum felt thickend
The patient did tell me that the week prior the port site was red and the doctor put her on po antibiotics and it had improved.
I sent theÂ patient for a dye study and it came back negative for any malfunction
I still dont feel comfortable using theÂ implanted port I feel it needs to be replaced due to the "sand-like" feeling when access
What can cause this?Â Any thoughts on this?Â