• Has anyone experienced discomfort from the Portacath tube going down into the chest?

    Asked by Teresadarling1 on Friday, April 19, 2019

    Has anyone experienced discomfort from the Portacath tube going down into the chest?

    I had a coughing episode at dinner last night. Now I feel the tube in my chest all the time. It is especially uncomfortable if I cough or laugh.

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and you might want to let your doc know. In some instances it could displace. Best of luck to you.

      about 1 month ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Agree with carm, call your doctor., explain the coughing episode and the discomfort you are now experiencing. Ports can sometimes become displaced. Chest port displacement is more common for women when the woman is big breasted. If the port has moved it may be possible to manipulate it back into place. I had an abdominal port flip once and it was painlessly flipped back into position. I currently have a chest port that is slightly tipped but mine does not cause the discomfort you describe. If your port has been displaced, its function impaired and manipulation is not an option, your port may have to be removed.

      about 1 month ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      Call your MD immediately, I had mine in for a year and never had any problems

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      As far as your question of have I had discomfort, the only time was when I would bump up against it on something. If I happened to lean against a door or when carrying an arm full of heavy things and one pressed up against whee the tube comes out of the port, then I would get a sharp pain. But that's about it. I hope you don't have any problems with yours.

      about 1 month ago
    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      See your surgeon right away!

      about 1 month ago

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