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Hickman catheter: A hickman line is a central venous catheter most often used for the administration of chemotherapy or other medications, as well as for the withdrawal of blood for analysis. Some types are used mainly for the purpose of apheresis or dialysis. Hickman lines may remain in place for extended periods and are used when long-term intravenous access is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more
Which type: A catheter is a thin tube extruded from medical grade materials that can be used for a broad range of functions including to treat diseases or perform a surgical procedure. The answer to your question is dependent on which type of catheter you are looking for, some are not on sale unless ordered by a physician whereas others can be bought in your local pharmacy and online. ...Read more
Depends: A catheter is a plastic tube. It can be placed in many different organs for many different purposes. You should discuss the specifics of your situation with your doctor. It is always better to not have a catheter if one is not needed as they are always an infection risk, however they are needed for care in many different medical conditions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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