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Table 2 Complications of 269 peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs)

From: Peripherally inserted central catheters in non-hospitalized cancer patients: 5-year results of a prospective study

Duration (day), median (range) 184 (15–1,384)
Infectious complications
 Local infection, n 6
n/1,000 catheter days 0.11
 CRBSI, n 3
n/1,000 catheter days 0.05
 Total, n (%) 9 (3.3)
Venous thrombosis, n (%) 3 (1.1)
n/1,000 catheter days 0.05
Mechanical complications
 Catheter dislocation, n (%) 19 (7.1)
 Rupture of external tract, n (%) 4 (1.5)
 Lumen occlusion, n (%) 12 (4.5)
 Total, n (%) 35 (13.1)
n/1,000 catheter days 0.63
Overall complications, n (%) 47 (17.5)
n/1,000 catheter days 0.85
Causes of removal, n (%)
 Catheter complications 19 (7)
 End of IV therapy 85 (32)
 Death 165 (61)
Removal ratioa, n (%) 19/47 (40)
  1. CRBSI catheter-related bloodstream infection, IV intravenous
  2. aRatio between number of removals because of catheter complications and number of total complications