Oct 23, 2012 - 12:34 pm
I ran into something new with my port last week, and thought I would share in case it helps someone...
The last couple of times we have tried to access my port for chemo, there has been a little difficulty getting good blood return. (They won't give me the chemo without good blood return, because the chemo is a vesicant.)
The first time it happened they had me do some simple movements (raise my arm and turn my head, stand up, lay down, etc.) to get the blood return. This last time, nothing was working. There were 3 nurses who tried everything.
What finally worked was an injection called TPA. (I think it is a blood thinner, not sure though.) The nurse had to get permission from the onc to use it. She injected it into the port, I sat and waited 30 minutes while it did it's thing. After 30 minutes, the nurse withdrew the TPA....and whawla...beautiful easy blood return.
The nurse said that sometimes tissue grows around the port and interfere with it's function...she said the TPA 'cleans that out'. We'll see how the port does this week...