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Table 3 Characteristics of patients with a PICC dwell time longer than 2 years

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

  Case 1 Case 2 Case 3 Case 4 Case 5 Case 6 Case 7
Gender Female Female Female Male Female Female Male
Agea (years) 65 58 49 53 60 63 56
Tumor site Pancreas Ovary Stomach Rectum Oral cavityb Stomach Stomach
Stagea III II IV II II II III
Karnofsky PSa 70 70 70 80 80 80 70
CRPa, mg/l 1.2 9.3 0.4 8.7 9.7 9.1 2.1
Albumina, g/dl 4.6 3.1 4.2 4.3 4.7 3.6 3.7
Body mass indexa 22.2 21.3 14.5 23.9 21.1 21.1 20.9
Hospital (days)c, n 141 122 61 29 105 16 46
Operationc, n 2 1 0 1 5 0 0
Chemotherapyc, cycles 6 12 12 3 2 4 12
Radiation therapyc Yes No No Yes Yes No No
HPN daysc, n 639 724 791 586 1,268d 1,139 788d
Catheter days, n 790 763 824 782 1,384d 1,154 802d
Catheter complications No No No No No Yese No
PICC removal Yesf Yesf Yesf Yesg No Yesf No
  1. PICC peripherally inserted central catheter, PS performance status, CRP C-reactive protein, HPN home parenteral nutrition
  2. aAt the time of PICC insertion
  3. bPercutaneous endoscopic and radiologic gastrostomy not feasible
  4. cAfter PICC insertion
  5. dOn February 28, 2014
  6. eLumen occlusion due to clots occurred after 953 catheter days and was successfully treated by infusing urokinase
  7. fCause: death
  8. gCause: end of HPN