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Table 2 Characteristic of patients divided in groups according to the implantation technique (Intention To Treat)

From: Totally implantable venous access devices: retrospective analysis of different insertion techniques and predictors of complications in 796 devices implanted in a single institution

Characteristic (SC) (BP) (US) p- value
  (102 pts) (48 pts) (646 pts)  
Age (years, median/range) 60 61 61 0.478
Gender (M/F) 52/50 15/33 297/349 0.07
Body Mass Index (kg/m2, median, range IQR) 25.3 (22.4-27.3) 28.3 (24.9-30.9) 24.2 (21.9-28.8) 0.003
Follow up (weeks, median range IQR) 81 (66–94) 106 (98–118) 31 (20–46) <0.001
Follow up completed (n° pts/total pts) 76/102 31/48 413/646 0.288
Time of in-situ permanence (weeks, median, range IQR) 38.8 (25.1-57.8) 70.6 (51.6-96.2) 25.3 (13.1-47.1) 0.001
Operating time (min, median, range IQR) 45 (40–60) 45 (40–60) 30 (20–40) <0.001
Costs (euro median IQR) 487.5 (429–650) 487.5 (429–650) 325 (214.5-429) <0.001
Score of difficulty (median range IQR,) 1 (1–2) 1 (1–1) 1 (1–1) 0.046
  1. Surgical Cutdown: SC; Blind Percutaneus technique: BP; US guided Percutaneous technique: US.
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