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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Bard Port not flushed in 3 years, dangerous?
I had a Bard port inserted under the skin of my chest with the catheter going over my collarbone and into the vein in my neck. I had chemo treatment for 4 months that year and some subsequent follow-up testing using the port. The port has not been used or flushed since then. It`s about 3 years now. Should I have been getting it flushed monthly for safety purposes? I don`t think I`ll be needing it again and want to have it removed. Are there risks the surgeon or I should think about with the unused port not being flushed in so long?
The port should be removed now as it is not being maintained and there are no future plans to use it.
Joanna M Brell, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University