Long-term semi-permanent catheter use for the palliation of malignant ascites

Rebecca A. Brooks, Thomas J. Herzog

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Background.: Malignant ascites is a common complication of advanced or recurrent ovarian cancer and multiple other neoplasms, causing significant patient morbidity as well as a large treatment obstacle for the physician. While multiple methods of peritoneal drainage have been reported, including large volume therapeutic paracentesis, peritoneogastric, peritoneourinary, and peritoneovenous shunting procedures, peritoneal port-a-catheter placement and hemodialysis catheter drainage, all have their associated limitations and adverse effects. Case.: We report off label semi-permanent catheter placement in a patient for treatment of malignant ascites that functioned effectively with drainage of 2 l daily for approximately 18 months, the longest reported use in the literature. Conclusion.: Long-term semi-permanent catheter use is a potentially valuable modality for the palliation of malignant ascites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)360-362
Number of pages3
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Catheters
  • Drainage
  • Malignant ascites
  • Palliation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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