peripherally inserted central venous catheter


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Related to peripherally inserted central venous catheter: PICC line

peripherally inserted central venous catheter

Abbreviation: PICC, PICC line
A soft, flexible central venous catheter, inserted in a vein in the arm and advanced until the tip is positioned in the axillary, subclavian, or brachiocephalic vein. It may also be advanced into the superior vena cava. A PICC is commonly used for prolonged antibiotic therapy, total parenteral nutrition, continuous opioid infusion, or intermittent chemotherapy.
See also: catheter
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