• Ommaya reservoir

    Asked by Terry15 on Friday, December 14, 2012

    Ommaya reservoir

    Doctor wants me to have one implanted. I need info on how it is used for chemo, what does it look like, how do I care for it, any reactions or problems with it. Can chemo be done as outpatient or must it be done in the hospital? Any experiences are appreciated.

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      nancyjac (Best Answer!)

      An Ommaya reservoir is a particular kind of port that can be used for the aspiration of cerebrospinal fluid or for the delivery of drugs (e.g. chemotherapy) into the cerebrospinal fluid. It consists of a catheter in one lateral ventricle attached to a reservoir implanted under the scalp. Chemo can be done as an outpatient, but that depends on your particular chemo plan in terms of which drugs, what dosages, what flow rates, and how long or frequent the treatments.

      almost 4 years ago

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