A central venous catheter cvc also known as a central line central venous line or central venous access catheter is a catheter placed into a large veincatheters can be placed in veins in the neck internal jugular vein chest subclavian vein or axillary vein groin femoral vein or through veins in the arms also known as a picc line or peripherally inserted central catheters. You might get a central venous catheter if you need long term treatment for issues like infections cancer or heart and kidney problems learn about the types of catheters when you need them . Central venous catheters the central venous catheter or cvc is a bigger longer catheter thats put into a large vein in the chest or upper arm it stays in as long as youre getting treatment so you wont need to be stuck with a needle each time some types of cvcs can stay in for weeks months or even years. Pictures of central venous catheters below are examples of central venous catheters this is not an all inclusive list of either type of catheter or type of access device tunneled central venous catheters tunneled catheters are passed under the skin to a separate exit point this helps stabilize them making them useful for long term therapy. Central venous catheters ports a central venous catheter is a tube that goes into a vein in your chest and ends at your heart sometimes this type of catheter is attached to a device called a port that will be under your skin the port and catheter are put in place in a minor surgery the catheter helps carry nutrients and medicine into your
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