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of 'Malignancy-related ascites'
Long-term semi-permanent catheter use for the palliation of malignant ascites.
Brooks RA, Herzog TJ
Gynecol Oncol. 2006;101(2):360.
BACKGROUND: 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.
CASE: 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.
CONCLUSION: Long-term semi-permanent catheter use is a potentially valuable modality for the palliation of malignant ascites.
Washington University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 660 S. Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org