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Hickman Line. Hickman line, or catheter, sited in a female patient's chest. This device gives access to the blood circulation, after tunnelling through the skin of the chest wall into the large veins (centre left). The white catheter is held in place with a single stitch near the arm fold. A previous site of catheter entry is visible as a single stitch at the root of the neck. The Hickman catheter is a long-term silicone device used for venous access. The line is fitted when regular blood samples are needed, if peripheral access is poor or if drugs need to be given regularly into the circulation. It is frequently used to give a course of chemotherapy.
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