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Port: An implanted port is a type of long-term catheter. The port is surgically inserted under the skin's surface on the upper chest wall. After the site heals, no dressings are needed and no special home care is required. When medicines are needed, a physician, physician assistant or nurse inserts a needle through the skin to access the port. The patient can choose to have a local numbing cream applied to the injection site before the port is used. Blood can be drawn, and blood products can be received through this device.

Alternate Names
Port-a-cath