Apr 06, 2012 - 11:54 pm
My mother had surgery a while back to get a port or line inserted in the upper left hand corner of her chest (near her arm) so that she could get chemotherapy.
I’m not sure whether a port or a line was inserted but the item was placed inside her body under her skin so it’s not visible from the outside.
My mother did not have chemotherapy for around 2 months. Unfortunately, we weren’t aware that she had to go to the medical center to get her port or line cleaned at least once a month. Thus, during the 2 months she did not receive any chemo, the port/line was not cleaned.
About a month or two later, a PET Scan showed that she had a blood clot in her lung.
Could not getting the line/port cleaned have caused the blood clot? I recently heard that if you don’t get the line/port cleaned it could cause a blood clot.
However, I’m thinking that if a blood clot is caused by the line/port, the blood clot should occur near the line/port area rather than in her lung.
Any thoughts or advice you can provide would be deeply appreciated.
Thank you very much for your kind help.