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Mom just had a port put in a week ago. She is thrilled to be able to make chemo so much easier (not having them root around for 45 minutes or blowing veins anymore).

She still has quite a bit of pain (she calls it 'discomfort', but I've seen the look on her face). She said if it had been on the left side instead of the right, she would have thought she was having a heart attack Friday night and gone to the hospital.

I know to look for infection, etc., but how long does 'normal' pain go on associated with getting a port installed? Again, Mom sees the benefits of having it, but can we hope for some comfort soon?

Thanks, folks!

:) Kelly

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Had my first chemo treatment the day after my port was installed in my right arm. It has never been a source of pain. Your mom needs to have port reinstalled in fixed. Somethingis wrong. Don't let the nurses and docs say it is from putting it in. Shouldn't hurt that much. pammie

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I think you should tell the doctor as soon as you/she can. I don't think there should normally be this much pain. Remember that normally, having a port makes treatments easier to endure, saves veins and allows treatments, medications and blood work to be administered or taken quickly and almost effortlessly and painlessly.

There is always possibility of drug reaction, infection, and maybe some other things you might consider- this is what I found when researching "pain in port-a-cath" in the Oxford Journals:

http://jjco.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/cont ... /29/12/643

A 77-year-old man presented with painful swelling of his Port-A-Cath insertion site soon after flushing with normal saline. No discomfort or abnormality was found during the saline flush. A chest roentgenogram showed that the disconnected catheter had separated from the disc and was absent from its original location. The disconnected catheter was found embolized, by chest roentgenogram and CT scan, to the right atrium and hepatic vein. The patient was treated successfully with an X-ray guided extraction of the catheter. The possibility of catheter disconnection with embolization should be considered and a chest roentgenogram performed immediately in cases of rapid swelling of subcutaneous tissue around the port chamber after fluid infusion.

Case # 2

........... It was found that the catheter had migrated from the left brachiocephalic vein into the inferior vena cava, with one end lodged in the right hepatic vein and the other in the right atrium. With the radiologist's help, retrieval of the port A catheter fragment was performed successfully, using a basket catheter via the right femoral vein approach, on the third day. The port A chamber was removed surgically on the fourth day and a hematoma was found around the disc insertion site. The patient received chemotherapy on the fifth day and was discharged uneventfully.

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