Central line

14 February 2011
A central line is a tube which is used to give chemotherapy. It goes into the chest and directly into one of the major blood vessels. It usually stays in place for the duration of treatment.

The end of the central line protrudes from the chest and is sealed off with a cap.

Having a central line avoids the needs for repeated injections as all intravenous medication can be given through the line. The line can also be used to collect blood samples which are frequently required during treatment.

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