Removal of Totally Implantable Venous Access Device

  • Gennaro D. LaBellaEmail author
  • Julius Tang


Infection, thrombosis, catheter malposition, rupture and embolization associated less frequently with skin erosion make up the main reasons for TIVAD removal. This chapter describes the cause, treatment and prevention of these complications. The surgical technique for removing TIVADs is thoroughly described. Lastly, attention is placed upon air embolism, a potentially devastating complication associated with TIVAD removal.


TIVAD removal Infection Thrombosis Catheter malposition Air embolism Fowler position 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical EducationHatton Research Center, Good Samaritan HospitalCincinnatiUSA

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