Central Venous Access, CVC's

American Access Care of Baltimore

Majorie Pearsall, MD, Medical Director
Vascular & Interventional Radiology

8140 Corporate Drive, Suite 125
Baltimore, MD 21236

T: 410-931-9729
F: 410-931-2133

Hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm

Central Venous Access Frequently Asked Questions

What is a central venous catheter?

A CVC is a long thin, flexible tube used to give medicines, fluids, nutrients, or blood products over a long period of time, usually several weeks or more. A CVC is often inserted in the arm or chest through the skin into a large vein. The catheter is threaded through the vein until it reaches a large vein near the heart.

What is the central venous catheter used for?

Given long-term medicine for pain, infection, dialysis, or cancer. A CVC can be left in place far longer than an intravenous catheter (IV).

What types of CVC’s are there?

There are several types of CVC’s: Tunneled catheter and Implanted port.