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Venous Access Devices (cont.)

Exams and Tests

If a central venous access device is present, the health care provider, whether a primary care provider, specialist, or emergency provider, will have a heightened awareness of the problems that can occur. The provider will ask about symptoms and perform a physical examination.

Some of the following tests may be performed:

  • Chest x-ray - Evaluates for improper device placement or complications such as pneumothorax or hemothorax


  • Blood draw - Checks for infection


  • Ultrasound exam of the arm vein - Performed if a clot is suspected


  • Nuclear imaging study - Confirms that the device is properly placed and still working and/or excludes blood clots in the lungs

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