Long-term semi-permanent catheter use for the palliation of malignant ascites

Washington University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 660 S. Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.
Gynecologic Oncology (Impact Factor: 3.77). 06/2006; 101(2):360-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2005.12.043
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Malignant ascites is a common complication of advanced or recurrent ovarian cancer and multiple other neoplasms, causing significant patient morbidity as well as a large treatment obstacle for the physician. While multiple methods of peritoneal drainage have been reported, including large volume therapeutic paracentesis, peritoneogastric, peritoneourinary, and peritoneovenous shunting procedures, peritoneal port-a-catheter placement and hemodialysis catheter drainage, all have their associated limitations and adverse effects.
We report off label semi-permanent catheter placement in a patient for treatment of malignant ascites that functioned effectively with drainage of 2 l daily for approximately 18 months, the longest reported use in the literature.
Long-term semi-permanent catheter use is a potentially valuable modality for the palliation of malignant ascites.

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    • "Concerns about catheter drainage have included infection, protein loss, and technical complications such as catheter dislodgment and blockage. Types of catheters include the simple catheter, tunneled catheters, percutaneously placed peritoneal ports, modified venous access ports, and the PleurX catheter.46 The PleurX catheter was FDA approved for the management of malignant ascites in 2005.47 "
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    • "Malignant ascites leads to shortness of breath, nausea, diminished appetite and early satiety, fatigue, lower extremity edema, limited mobility and difficulty to fit clothes. Ascites results from multiple mechanisms including vascular permeability changes, peritoneal carcinomatosis (metastatic implants of carcinoma on the peritoneal cavity), lymph drainage obstruction, hepatic congestion due to tumour infiltration or neoplastic production of exudative fluid [3]. Ascites may develop in various circumstances but mainly in cirrhosis and peritoneal carcinomatosis. "
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