Hi Melissa, I am Filippo Festini, from the CF Center of Tuscany, Florence Italy.
At the 2002 European CF Conference a poster was presented in which the presence of infected clots and particulate matter below the silicone septum of the portacath was described in some patients. I guess this may be related with the findings you report. The poster was by the CF Center of the Cochin Hospital of Paris, France. If you are interested it is on Suppl. 1 of the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 2002.
Filippo Festini, RN, BA
CF Center of Tuscany,
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Hi, my name is Melissa Marquis, I am the clinical nurse co-coordinator for adults. I have recently had some intersting cases involving portacaths and an incidence of right atrial mases being found. Consequently the two patoents in which the above were found, have both died. I was wonedring if anyone else has had any similar experiences. Theses masses were fibrotic in one patient and in the other, it was determined to be a ball ofdense tissue, probably associated with large volumes of antibiotics. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,