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It has a lot of names: central line, Hickman catheter, portacath or CVAD (central vascular access device). A port is a small medical appliance that's placed beneath the skin in the upper chest area. It's attached to a catheter that connects to a large vein. Through the the port, blood is taken and medications and fluids are given to the patient. During treatment, chest ports can be used on a daily basis and require constant care.
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