A peripherally placed central catheter (PICC), also called a PICC line, is a long, thin tube that passes through a vein in your arm and runs through a large vein near your heart. A PICC line can rarely be put at your feet.
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Why Is It Done?
The PICC line gives your doctor access to a large central vein near the heart. Usually used to give medicine or liquid food. The PICC line can help reduce pain from frequent needling and reduce the risk of irritation of the tiny blood vessels in your hands.
The PICC line is used to deliver medications and other treatments directly into the large central vein near your heart.
PICC lines are usually recommended for:
Cancer treatment: Drugs that are injected into the vein, such as chemotherapy drugs and targeted therapies can be given through the PICC route.
Liquid nutrition (general parenteral nutrition): If your body can't process nutrients from food due to digestive issues, you may need the PICC line to get liquid food.
Treat an infection: For severe infections, antibiotics and antifungal drugs can be given via the PICC route.
Other drugs: Some medications can irritate small blood vessels and using these treatments over the PICC line will reduce this risk. The larger veins in your chest carry more blood, so the drugs dissolve more quickly, reducing the risk of venous injury.