Central Venous Access/Occlusion

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Mays Landing, NJ

Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County in Mays Landing, New Jersey offers a wide range of vascular services, including central venous access and occlusion management. If you’re looking for long-term venous access for antibiotics, chemotherapy, or nutritional support, call Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County or schedule an appointment online.

Central Venous Access/Occlusion Q & A

What are central venous catheters?

A central venous catheter (CVC) is used to put medicine, nutrients, blood products, or other fluids directly into your blood. They can also be used for blood draws.

This type of catheter is also called a central venous access device (CVAD) or a central line. There are several types of CVCs, but the most common is the port and PICC line. Your Vascular Access Center physician inserts it into a large vein in your chest or upper arm.

Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County can place PICC lines, both single and dual lumen; Tesio catheters; and Hickman catheters. They can also quickly repair or replace catheters if problems arise.

Why do I need a central venous catheter?

You might have central venous catheters for several reasons, including:

  • Nutritional support for total parenteral nutrition (TPN) and peripheral parenteral nutrition (PPN)
  • The need for frequent or long-term therapy
  • The need to deliver more than one medication at a time
  • The need for drugs that can damage skin or tissue
  • Continuous infusion chemotherapy (24 hours or longer)

The advantage of CVCs is that they are placed under the skin and are discreet. A central venous catheter can remain in place for several years, but it needs to be regularly flushed if it’s not in use.

What is central venous occlusion?

With long-term central venous catheters, preventing narrowing and blockages is a significant challenge. This complication is known as occlusion. If it occurs, you can experience swelling and pain at your catheter site. Your CVC’s function can also be affected.

Additional signs of problems with your CVC include:

  • Fever or chills
  • An odor around the catheter site
  • Tenderness, redness, warmth, or drainage
  • Inability or resistance to flush your catheter
  • Swelling of the face, neck, or near your catheter

If you’re experiencing central venous occlusion, Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County offers angioplasty and stenting to eliminate the occlusion. This treatment uses an inflated balloon to remove the blockage and a small metal cylinder to hold the blood vessel open.  

To learn more about central venous catheter and occlusion management, call Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County or schedule an appointment online today.

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