Hickman Catheter

Bard Hickman Catheter
Hickman double lumen catheter

This is a picture of the Hickman catheter that was installed in my chest for the stem cell collection and SCT during the summer. You can see a picture of the insertion site here.  I got the idea of taking a picture from Eric Vogt, who photographed his from tandem SCTs.

You can see a picture of the Neostar triple lumen catheter here. That’s what I had inserted at Wake Forest prior to chemo and stem cell collection.

Below is a diagram I found which depicts the insertion of the catheter. Click on the image to view full size.

Insertion of the Hickman catheter
Insertion of the Hickman catheter

2 Comments

  1. sunshine

    Not having been through what you have.. that’s an awesome picture and you are a doubly awesome survivor.
    Thanksgiving is a complex holiday/emotion for people and families with cancer.
    I am thankful for all you give and have given.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. idadome

    The catheter that I had was a little bit different. It had “wings” just above where it went under the skin and those were stitched down to help hold it in place. I think that might be a better setup to keep it from pulling.

    Glad to hear you are doing well. I see my local oncologist today and go back to MD Anderson in mid-December. I’m anxious to see what they will have to say and what will show on the testing.

    Hang in there and have a great Thanksgiving.

    Janet

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