Situation: chemo patient with an implanted port. Port is now dormant as he no longer requires chemo at this time. The port is being flushed and locked every 30 days. The situation now is that it flushes easily but they are no longer able to obtain blood returns. Cathflo was instilled by protocol (2 mg left to dwell for 2 hours. This was done twice.) Then an overnight dwell of Cathflo was done, followed by an infusion (2 mg in 50 ml saline over 3 hours). Still no blood return. Chest x-ray shows good postioniog of the port. Line-o-gram is inconclusive.
We are thinking the next step is to remove the port. Does anyone have any ideas for us?
Thank you very much