Korean J Radiol.  2014 Aug;15(4):494-500. 10.3348/kjr.2014.15.4.494.

Incidence and Risk Factors of Infectious Complications Related to Implantable Venous-Access Ports

  • 1Department of Radiology, Korea University Guro Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul 152-703, Korea. g1q1papa@korea.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Oncology and Hematology, Korea University Guro Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul 152-703, Korea.


The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence and risk factors of infections associated with implantable venous access ports (IVAPs).
From August 2003 through November 2011, 1747 IVAPs were placed in our interventional radiology suite. One hundred forty four IVAPs were inserted in patients with hematologic malignancy and 1603 IVAPs in patients with solid tumors. Among them, 40 ports (23 women and 17 men; mean age, 57.1 years; range, 13-83) were removed to treat port-related infections. We evaluated the incidence of port-related infection, patient characteristics, bacteriologic data, and patient progress. Univariable analyses (t test, chi-square test, and Fisher's exact test) and multiple logistic regression analyses were used to determine the risk factors for IVAP related infection.
Overall, 40 (2.3%) of 1747 ports were removed for symptoms of infection with an incidence rate of 0.067 events/1000 catheter-days. According to the univariable study, the incidences of infection were seemingly higher in the patients who received the procedure during inpatient treatment (p = 0.016), the patients with hematologic malignancy (p = 0.041), and the patients receiving palliative chemotherapy (p = 0.022). From the multiple binary logistic regression, the adjusted odds ratios of infection in patients with hematologic malignancies and those receiving palliative chemotherapy were 7.769 (p = 0.001) and 4.863 (p = 0.003), respectively. Microorganisms were isolated from 26 (65%) blood samples, and two of the most causative organisms were found to be Staphylococcus (n = 10) and Candida species (n = 7).
The underlying hematologic malignancy and the state of receiving palliative chemotherapy were the independent risk factors of IVAP-related infection.


Intravenous access; Cancer patient; Subcutaneous port; Infection; Complication

MeSH Terms

Aged, 80 and over
Analysis of Variance
Catheter-Related Infections/*epidemiology/microbiology
Catheters, Indwelling/*adverse effects
Hematologic Neoplasms/drug therapy
Middle Aged
Neoplasms/drug therapy
Palliative Care/statistics & numerical data
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Vascular Access Devices/*adverse effects
Young Adult


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