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Long-term peritoneal port-catheter in a patient with cardiac ascites
  1. Albulena Mecinaj1,
  2. Frode Reier-Nilsen2,
  3. Tri Minh Le1,
  4. Kjetil Steine1
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, Akershus Universitetssykehus HF, Lorenskog, Norway
  2. 2Department of Vascular and Thoracic Surgery, Akershus Universitetssykehus HF, Lorenskog, Norway
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kjetil Steine, kjetil.steine{at}


A peritoneal port-catheter was inserted in a 70-year-old man because of repeated paracentesis due to cardiac ascites. Instead of frequent hospital admissions, the patient could drain his ascites at home, which dramatically improved his quality of life and enabled him to perform his daily activities.

  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Heart failure
  • Portal hypertension
  • Palliative care
  • Vascular surgery

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  • Contributors FR-N has inserted the peritoneal port-catheter and has done the follow-ups regarding the procedure and the draining. He also wrote the description of the procedure. TML has made an attribution to acquisition of data and clinical follow-ups. AM initiated the treatment, performed the clinical follow-ups and drafted the manuscript. KS has drafted and revised the manuscript, and has given final approval of the version to be published.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Consent obtained from next of kin.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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