In a previous paper, the authors investigated the mechanical behaviour of several commercial polyurethane peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICCs) in their ‘brand new’ condition. The present study represents a second step of the research activity and aims to investigate possible modifications of the PICC mechanical response, induced by long-term conservation in vivo-like conditions, particularly when used to introduce oncologic drugs.

Authors: Francesca Di Puccio 1, Giuseppe Gallone 1, Andrea Baù 1, Emanuele M Calabrò 1, Simona Mainardi 1, Paolo Poli 2, Antonella Scocca 2

1 Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa – Italy.
2 Pain Therapy Unit, S. Chiara Hospital, Pisa – Italy.

J Vasc Access. 2017 Nov 17;18(6):522-529. doi: 10.5301/jva.5000772. Epub 2017 Aug 24. 

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