March 1980

Expanded Applications of Broviac Catheter

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, the Division of General Surgery (Dr Ponsky) and the Division of Pediatric Surgery (Dr Gauderer), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(3):324. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380030070016

• Sixteen Broviac catheters were inserted in 15 patients ranging from 15 to 61 years of age for purposes other than parenteral nutrition. These patients required long-term intravenous (IV) antibiotic therapy for cystic fibrosis or chemotherapy for malignant neoplasm. There were no major complications. The Broviac catheter provides excellent long-term IV access for total parenteral nutrition. In addition, it may be used very effectively in patients requiring extended IV antibiotic therapy and/or chemotherapy.

(Arch Surg 115:324, 1980)